How to use COUNTA Function in Excel

how to use excel counta function

Quick Intro

Use Excel COUNTA Function to count non-blank cells. In simple words, COUNTA Function can count the cell which has any type of value in it.


COUNTA(value1, [value2], …)

  • value1 A value, a cell reference, a range of cells or an array.
  • [value2] A value, a cell reference, a range of cells or an array.

More Information on Excel COUNTA Function

  • It will count cell which has
    • A text
    • A number
    • A formula
    • A cell with a formula resulting in an empty cell.
    • A symbol
    • An error
  • You can provide up to 255 arguments.
  • You can also insert arguments directly into the function.


In the below example, I have used COUNTA Function to count cells from range A1:A11.

Examples To Understand Excel COUNTA Function

There are total 11 cells in the range and function has return 10. I have one blank cell in the range which is ignored by the function. In rest of the cells, I have numbers, text, logical value and a symbol.

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel AVERAGE Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There is also you have AVERAGEA function which is highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.