# COUNTA function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

## What is COUNTA function in Excel?

## Syntax of COUNTA function

COUNTA(value1, [value2], …)

The COUNTA function syntax has the following arguments:

- value1 Required. The first argument representing the values that you want to count.
- value2, … Optional. Additional arguments representing the values that you want to count, up to a maximum of 255 arguments.

## Explanation of COUNTA function

- The COUNTA function counts cells containing any type of information, including error values and empty text (“”). For example, if the range contains a formula that returns an empty string, the COUNTA function counts that value. The COUNTA function does not count empty cells.
- If you do not need to count logical values, text, or error values (in other words, if you want to count only cells that contain numbers), use the COUNT function.
- If you want to count only cells that meet certain criteria, use the COUNTIF function or the COUNTIFS function.

## Example of COUNTA function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Data |
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39790 | ||

19 | ||

22.24 | ||

TRUE | ||

#DIV/0! | ||

Formula |
Description |
Result |

=COUNTA(A2:A7) | Counts the number of nonblank cells in cells A2 through A7. | 5 |

You can visit: Count cells that are not blank in Excel for detailed example.