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REPT function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is REPT function in Excel?

REPT function is one of TEXT functions in Microsoft Excel that repeats text a given number of times. Use REPT to fill a cell with a number of instances of a text string.

Syntax of REPT function

REPT(text, number_times)

The REPT function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Text    Required. The text you want to repeat.
  • Number_times    Required. A positive number specifying the number of times to repeat text.
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REPT formula explanation

  • If number_times is 0 (zero), REPT returns “” (empty text).
  • If number_times is not an integer, it is truncated.
  • The result of the REPT function cannot be longer than 32,767 characters, or REPT returns #VALUE!.
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Example of REPT 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.

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

Formula Description Result
=REPT(“*-“, 3) Displays an asterisk and a dash (*-) 3 times. *-*-*-
=REPT(“-“,10) Displays a dash (-) 10 times. ———-

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