**To count cells that contain more than n characters**, use a formula based on three Excel functions: SUMPRODUCT, LEN, and N.

The general formula to count cells over n characters**:**

`=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(range)>n))`

In the example, **n=70 in cell F2**, we find the cells which contain more than 70 characters. **The result is 3 since three cells in the range B3:B9 contain more than n characters.**

The formula in the cell F3:

`=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(B3:B9)>F2))`

## How to count cells that contain more than n character

**Explanation:**

If you are working with **Excel Formulas**, it is worth analyzing from the inside out.

**The LEN function runs on the range B3:B9**. Because we select multiple values for argument, **LEN returns multiple results in an array like this:**

`{54, 42, 66, 74, 73, 78, 63}`

Evaluate the next part of the formula:

`=LEN(B3:B9)>F2`

The formula runs multiple tests using the **“>F2”** condition and returns an array containing **TRUE** or **FALSE** values. If the result is TRUE, the cell has more than 70 characters.

**Use the N function to convert the TRUE and FALSE values to 0 or 1**. If the result is 1, the cell contains more than n characters. Alternatively, you can use the double negative method to **convert boolean expressions to numbers**.

Now we have an array that contains only 0 and 1 values. To count the cells that met our criteria use the SUMPRODUCT function.

`=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(B3:B9)>F2))`

The formula above returns the sum of the products of the corresponding array and gets 3.

### Use COUNTIFS to count numbers in an array

If you know how many characters are in a cell, you can use the COUNTIFS function. We will get the same result as above, but the formula is much simpler.

`=COUNTIFS(C3:C9,">"&F2)`

It is important to concatenate the greater than **logical operator** to F2 using double quotes “”.