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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.…

How to create simple in-cell histogram in Excel

To create a simple in-cell histogram, you can use a formula based on the REPT function. This can be handy when you have straightforward data, and want to avoid the complexity of a separate chart. Formula =REPT(barchar,value/100) Explanation In the example shown, the formula is: =REPT(CHAR(110),C11/100) How this formula works The REPT function simply repeats values. For example, this formula…

How to get last row in text data in Excel

To get the last relative position (i.e. last row, last column) for text data (with or without empty cells), you can use the MATCH function. See example below: Formula =MATCH(bigtext,range) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in E5 is: =MATCH(REPT(“z”,255),B4:B11) How this formula works This formula uses the MATCH function in approximate match mode to locate the last text value in…

How to split text with delimiter in Excel

To split text at an arbitrary delimiter (comma, space, pipe, etc.) you can use a formula based on the TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT, and LEN functions. Formula =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1,delim,REPT (” “,LEN(A1))),(N-1)*LEN(A1)+1,LEN(A1))) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($B5,”|”, REPT(” “,LEN($B5))),(C$4-1)* LEN($B5)+1,LEN($B5))) Note: references to B5 and C4 are mixed references to allow the formula to be copied across and…

How to pad text to match equal length in Excel

To pad text to an equal length using another character, you can use a formula based on the REPT and LEN functions. Formula =A1&REPT(“*”,count-LEN(A1)) Explanation In the example shown, a formula is used to append a variable number of asterisks (*) to values in column B so that the final result is always 12 characters in length. The formula in C5…

How to get last word in a cell in Excel

To get the last word from a text string, you can use a formula based on the TRIM, SUBSTITUTE, RIGHT, and REPT functions. Formula =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(text,” “,REPT(” “,100)),100)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C6 is: =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B6,” “,REPT(” “,100)),100)) Which returns the word “time”. How this formula works This formula is an interesting example of a “brute force” approach…

How to get last line in cell in Excel

To get the last word from a text string, you can use a formula based on the TRIM, SUBSTITUTE, RIGHT, and REPT functions. Formula =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B5,CHAR(10),REPT(” “,200)),200)) Note: 200 is an arbitrary number that represents the longest line you expect to find in a cell. If you have longer lines, increase this number as needed. Explanation In the example shown, the formula…

Extract word that begins with specific character in Excel

To extract words that begin with a specific character, you can use a formula based on six functions: TRIM, LEFT, SUBSTITUTE, MID, LEN, and REPT. This approach is useful if you need to extract things like a Twitter user name from a cell that contains other text. Formula =TRIM(LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(MID(text,FIND(“@”, txt),LEN(text)),” “,REPT(” “,100)),100)) Note: 100 represents the longest word you expect to find…

How to extract nth word from text string in excel

If you need to get the nth word in a text string (i.e. a sentence, phrase, or paragraph) you can so with a clever (and intimidating) formula that combines 5 Excel functions: MID, SUBSTITUTE, TRIM,  REPT, and LEN.  Formula =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1,” “,REPT(” “,LEN(A1))), (N-1)*LEN(A1)+1, LEN(A1))) Explanation How this formula works At the core, this formula takes a text string with spaces,…

How to extract multiple lines from a cell in Excel

To extract lines from a multi-line cell, you can use  a clever (and intimidating) formula that combines 5 Excel functions: SUBSTITUTE, REPT, TRIM, MID,  and LEN. Formula =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1,delim,REPT (” “,LEN(A1))), (N-1)*LEN(A1)+1, LEN(A1))) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in D5 is: =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($C5,CHAR(10),REPT (” “,LEN($C5))), (D$4-1)*LEN($C5)+1, LEN($C5))) How this formula works At the core, this formula looks for a line delimiter…

How to display conditional message with REPT function in Excel

To display a conditional message, without the IF function, you can use boolean logic and the REPT function. Formula =REPT(“message”,logical test) Explanation  In the example shown, the formula in D5 (copied down) is: =REPT(“low”,C5<100) If the value in column C is less than 100, the formula returns “low”. If not, the formula returns an empty string (“”), which looks like a blank cell.…