How To Count The Number Of Formulas In A Range

2017-08-29

Example

{=SUM(1*ISTEXT(FORMULATEXT(C3:C7)))}

Generic Formula

{=SUM(1*ISTEXT(FORMULATEXT(Range)))}

Note: This is an array formula. Do not type out the {} brackets. Hold Ctrl + Shift then press Enter while in Edit Mode to create an array formula.

Range – This is the range in which you want to count the number of cells containing a formula.

What It Does

This formula will return a count of the number of cells in a given range which contain a formula.

How It Works

We use the FORMULATEXT(Range) to create an array which contains a text string of each formula from the Range. When a cell in the Range does not contain a formula FORMULATEXT will return an #N/A error value.

We use 1*ISTEXT to return a 1 for any text strings and 0 for #N/A errors. We then SUM the result up and this is our count of cells containing a formula.

In our example FORMULATEXT(Range) results in the following array.

{“=1+2″;#N/A;”=CHOOSE(1,”Hi”,”Bye”)”;”=PI()”;”=ISODD(7)”}

ISTEXT({“=1+2″;#N/A;”=CHOOSE(1,”Hi”,”Bye”)”;”=PI()”;”=ISODD(7)”}) will return an array with TRUE values when there is a text string and FALSE values when there is an #N/A error value.

In our example this results in {TRUE;FALSE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE}.

SUM(1*{TRUE;FALSE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE}) becomes SUM({1;0;1;1;1}) because 1*TRUE is 1 and 1*FALSE is 0. SUM({1;0;1;1;1}) = 4 is the count of cells containing a formula in our range.

About the Author

John MacDougall

John MacDougall

John is a Microsoft MVP and freelance consultant and trainer specializing in Excel, Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps and SharePoint. You can find other interesting articles from John on his blog or YouTube channel.

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