How much TEXT can I put in a cell or a large merged cell?

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Oorang

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Just put them in.
According to this:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/hp051992911033.aspx
Excel's maximum cell content is 32,767 characters. Only 1,024 display in a cell; all 32,767 display in the formula bar.

I would advise caution however as I have noticed some odd behaviour out of really huge cells. What are you doing? Perhaps someone could suggest an alternative.
 

Norie

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It depends what you mean.

I entered this formula in one cell, A1.

=REPT("X",2800)

And this in another.

=LEN(A1)

The 2nd formula indicated that I had created a formula that returned 2800 Xs.
 

erik.van.geit

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Hi,

here is a testroutine
Code:
Option Explicit

Sub count_caracters_in_cell()
'Erik Van Geit
'061019
Dim cell As Range
Dim nr As Variant
Dim x As Integer
Dim temp As String

Set cell = Sheets(1).Range("A1")
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual

    Do
    nr = Application.InputBox("fill in number of caracters to be tested (20,30,...,3000,...)", "# caracters to be put in one cell ", 1)
    If nr = False Then GoTo skip
    If nr Mod 10 <> 0 Or nr < 20 Then MsgBox "only numbers ending with 0 and > 10 ", 48, "20,30,..."
    Loop While nr Mod 10 <> 0 Or nr < 20
    
    With cell
    .EntireColumn.ColumnWidth = 120
    .RowHeight = 350
    .WrapText = True
    .Font.Size = 4 'change to test
    .VerticalAlignment = xlVAlignTop
    .Offset(1, 0).FormulaR1C1 = "=LEFT(R[-1]C,10) & "" "" & RIGHT(R[-1]C,10)"
    .Offset(2, 0).FormulaR1C1 = "=LEN(R[-2]C)"
    .Offset(3, 0) = "blue = 10, green = 100, red = 1000"
    .Offset(1, 0).Select
    End With
    
    'temp = temp & Application.Rept("o", (nr - 20))
    temp = "STARTooooo" & Application.Rept("o", (nr - 20)) & "oooooooEND"
    cell = temp

    If nr < 2000 Then
        For x = 10 To nr Step 10
            With cell.Characters(Start:=x, Length:=1).Font
            .Size = 10
            .ColorIndex = 8
            End With
        Next x
    End If

    For x = 100 To nr Step 100
        With cell.Characters(Start:=x, Length:=1).Font
        .Size = 11
        .ColorIndex = 4
        End With
    Next x
    
    For x = 1000 To nr Step 1000
        With cell.Characters(Start:=x, Length:=1).Font
        .Size = 12
        .ColorIndex = 3
        End With
    Next x
    
    With ActiveWindow
    .DisplayHeadings = False
    .Zoom = True
    .ScrollRow = 1
    .ScrollColumn = 1
    End With

MsgBox "number of caracters put in the cell: " & " " & Len(temp) & Chr(10) & _
"number of caracters counted in the cell: " & " " & Len(cell) & Chr(10) & _
"""START"" at the beginning & ""END""  at the end to test if everything resides in memory" & Chr(10) & _
"in the cell below please find the first 10 & last 10 caracters found in cell A1", 64, "caracters"

skip:
    With Application
    .Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic
    .ScreenUpdating = True
    .DisplayScrollBars = False
    End With

End Sub
but why would you need to put such an amount of info into one single cell? Aren't there enough cells ? :LOL:

kind regards,
Erik
 

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