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Character Limits for Cells in Excel

There is no limit to the number of characters that can be entered into a cell in Microsoft Excel. However, there is a limit to the amount of data that can be stored in a cell. This limit is 32,767 characters. If you try to enter more than 32,767 characters into a cell, you will receive an error message.

The maximum number of characters that can be entered into a cell is determined by the number of bytes that are required to store the data. One character requires one byte of storage. Therefore, the maximum number of characters that can be stored in a cell is 32,767 / 1 = 32,767.

The maximum number of characters that can be displayed in a cell is also determined by the number of bytes that are required to store the data. One character requires two bytes of storage. Therefore, the maximum number of characters that can be displayed in a cell is 32,767 / 2 = 16,383.

If you try to enter more than 32,767 characters into a cell, you will receive an error message. The error message will say "The number of characters entered is too large for the destination cell."

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