Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Determining the Length of a String.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 7, 2017)
It is hard to imagine a function used more often with strings than the Len function. This simple little function returns the length of any string. The following are a few examples:
A = Len(MyString) B = Len("This is a test")
The first line returns the length of the characters in the variable MyString. The second returns the number of characters between the quote marks (in this case, 14—remember that spaces count as characters).
If you want to determine the length of the information in a particular cell, you follow a bit different approach:
C = Len(ActiveSheet.Range(ActiveWindow.Selection.Address))
When this line is executed, it returns the length of whatever is in the currently selected cell.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12404) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Determining the Length of a String.
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