November 30, 2023

# How to use AREAS Function in Excel

The Excel AREAS function returns the number of areas in a given reference. For example, =AREAS((A1:C1,A2:C2)) returns 2. Multiple references must be enclosed in an extra set of parentheses.

Syntax:= AREAS (reference)

The AREAS function syntax has the following arguments:

• 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.

Example: Let’s look at some Excel AREAS function examples and explore how to use the AREAS function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Syntax:  =AREAS(A3:A4)

Result: Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following AREAS examples would return:

Syntax: =AREAS((A4:A6,B6:C8,D6))
Result: 3

Syntax: =AREAS(B2:B8)
Result: 1

Syntax: =AREAS((B2:C7,D2:D7))
Result: 2

Syntax: =AREAS((A7,B7,C4,D6))
Result: 4

Syntax: =AREAS((A5:A6,B8:B9,C9:D9,C10:C10,C5:C6))
Result: 5

Syntax: =AREAS(A9:D9)
Result: 1

Syntax: =AREAS((A4:A6,A10:B10,A11:B12,A13:B15,A16:B17,C15))
Result: 6

Note:

• We can either type the entire formula or, after typing “=AREAS(“ into a cell, we can use the CTRL + A, without leaving the cell, to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed commands.
• A #NULL! error will be returned when the reference given is in an incorrect format. For example, AREAS(A2 B4) instead of AREAS(A2:A4).
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