AREAS function

The Excel AREAS function counts the number of areas in a given reference. For example, =AREAS((A1:B1, A2:B2, A3:B3)) returns 3.

How to use the Excel AREAS function

The purpose of the functions is to return the number of areas in a reference. The function is available in Excel 2003 and above.

Areas are separated adjacent ranges. So, in Excel, a single cell reference is equivalent to an area. Using the function, you can add more than one reference as an argument.

Syntax

=AREAS(reference)

Arguments

The AREAS function uses only one argument, cell reference(s).

Examples

In the example below, the formula that uses the AREAS function returns with 1:

=AREAS(C1:D1) = 1

If you want to add multiple references, you should use commas to separate them.

=AREAS((A1:B1, C1:D1)) = 2

Tip: if you use more than one reference, configure the function carefully. Use double brackets; else Excel returns an error:

“You have entered too many arguments for this function.”

use double brackets for multiple references

To fix this formula error, go to the Formula Bar, and add an extra bracket!

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Istvan Vozar

Istvan is the co-founder of Excelkid. He writes blog posts and helps people to reach the top in Excel.