Excel LEN Function


Basic Description

The Excel LEN function returns the length of a supplied text string.

The syntax of the function is:

LEN( text )

Where the text argument is the text string that you want to find the length of. This can be supplied to the Len function in any of the following ways:


Excel Len Function Examples

The examples in the spreadsheet below show the Len function used to return the length of three different text strings (one of which is empty).

The formulas are shown in the spreadsheet on the left and the results are shown in the spreadsheet on the right.

 Formulas:
  A B
1 test string =LEN( A1 )
2 test string 2 =LEN( A2 )
3   =LEN( A3 )
 Results:
  A B C
1 test string 11  
2 test string 2 13  
3   0  - empty string has length 0

Further information and examples of the Excel Len function are provided on the Microsoft Office website.

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