How to use Visual Basic for Applications to count the occurrences of a character in a selection in Excel

This article was previously published under Q89794
In Microsoft Excel, you can use a macro to count the occurrences of aspecific character in a cell or range of cells. This article containsa sample macro to count the occurrences of a specific character in acell or range of cells.

You can also use a formula to accomplish the task. If you prefer notto use a macro, click the following article numbers to view the articles in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
187667 Formulas to count the occurrences of text, characters, or words in Excel for Mac
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Sample Visual Basic procedure

The following Visual Basic procedure prompts you for a character (orcharacters), then searches through the currently selected cell, or range ofcells, and displays a message box showing the total number of occurrencesof that character or character string. This works for all alphanumericcharacters.
Dim Count As IntegerDim Target As StringDim Cell As ObjectDim N As IntegerSub Target_Count()   Count = 0   Target = InputBox("character(s) to find?")   If Target = "" Then GoTo Done      For Each Cell In Selection         N = InStr(1, cell.Value, target)         While N <> 0            Count = count + 1            N = InStr(n + 1, cell.Value, target)         Wend      Next Cell   MsgBox count & " Occurrences of " & targetDone:End Sub				
For more information about how to obtain help with Visual Basic for Applications, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
305326 List of programming resources for Visual Basic for Applications
226118 List of resources that are available to help you learn Visual Basic for Applications programming
163435 Programming resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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