REPT function

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

Description

Repeats text a given number of times. Use REPT to fill a cell with a number of instances of a text string.

Syntax

REPT(text, number_times)

The REPT function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Text    Required. The text you want to repeat.

  • Number_times    Required. A positive number specifying the number of times to repeat text.

Remarks

  • If number_times is 0 (zero), REPT returns "" (empty text).

  • If number_times is not an integer, it is truncated.

  • The result of the REPT function cannot be longer than 32,767 characters, or REPT returns #VALUE!.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How do I copy an example?

  1. Select the example in this article.

    Important   Do not select the row or column headers.

    selecting an example from help

    Selecting an example from Help

  2. Press CTRL+C.

  3. In Excel, create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

    Important   For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.

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Formula

Description (Result)

=REPT("*-", 3)

Displays the string 3 times (*-*-*-)

=REPT("-",10)

Displays a dash 10 times (----------)

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel Online, SharePoint Online



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