AREAS function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the AREAS function in Microsoft Excel.


Returns the number of areas in a reference. An area is a range of contiguous cells or a single cell.



The AREAS function syntax has the following argument:

  • Reference    Required. A reference to a cell or range of cells and can refer to multiple areas. If you want to specify several references as a single argument, then you must include extra sets of parentheses so that Microsoft Excel will not interpret the comma as a field separator. See the following example.


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.





Number of areas in the range



Number of areas in the range


=AREAS(B2:D4 B2)

Number of areas in the range


Applies To: Excel 2016, Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel 2013, Excel Online, Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, Excel 2007

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