Use Excel to Count Words

In Word you can easily count the words simply by clicking “Word Count” from the Review ribbon. But what if you have your text in Excel? There is no built-in word count function in Excel, so we have to find another way.

In a previous post I showed how to count characters in a text string using the LEN function. We will use the same function, with a twist, to do a word count.


How to use Excel to Count Characters in a Text String

We often need to measure the length of a text, for example if we write a text that will appear on a website. Typically, in a web shop the product introduction text has to be of a certain length in order to fit within the frames.

Of course, the easiest way to do this is in Excel. This is extremely easy – it only takes a few seconds: