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# Excel formula question

### #1 diggeryo Posted 09 December 2009 - 11:16 AM

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I don't even know if this is possible, but I figured this would be the place to ask.

Is there a formula that will return the number of characters for the cell with the most characters in a column?

For example, if my column is:

a
aa
a
aaaa
a
aaaaa
a

The formula should return "5" since there are 5 characters in the cell with the most characters.

I know I can right-click on a column and choose "column width," but that number doesn't always equal the number of the most characters.

thanks,
mike.

Edited by diggeryo, 09 December 2009 - 11:17 AM.

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### #2 Jonesey Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:37 AM

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Don't know of a single formula that can do this, but you can do it in 2 steps.

If your characters are in column 'A', in column 'B', enter the formula:

=LEN(A1)

And copy it down to the end of your list

Then, anywhere else, put in the formula =MAX(B1:B???) where ??? = the last row of data

If you're used to using macros, this can be done quite simply
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### #3 diggeryo Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:38 AM

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That just might work. Thanks for the suggestion!!
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### #4 diggeryo Posted 10 December 2009 - 05:13 PM

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I have multiple lengths of data in about 11,000 cells in column V, ranging from lengths of 10 to 63.

I tried the following formula:

=Max(Len(V:V))

Now here's the wierd part--- the result of the formula that displays in the cell is the length of the cell in the same row I type the above formula into. HOWEVER, when I have the "Function Arguments" box up, it does show the correct result of 63 in the lower left corner of the box next to "Forumula result = "

Is there any way to get THAT result to show up in the cell?

By the way, I am using Excel 2007 SP2, fully updated.
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### #5 diggeryo Posted 10 December 2009 - 05:16 PM

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As soon as I clicked "add post" to my previous post, I figured it out. I have to enter that formula as an array: CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER while the cursor is in the formula bar.
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### #6 Jonesey Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:16 AM

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Great thinking - I never thought about using an array formula!!
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