How to count prime numbers with Excel

Deepanshu Bhalla 1 Comment

Suppose you are asked to find out the number of prime numbers in an interval in MS Excel. A prime number is a number that cannot be evenly divided by any other number except 1 and itself. For example, some prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, and so on. These numbers have no divisors other than 1 and the number itself.

Suppose lower limit of a range is entered in cell C2 and upper limit in cell C3.
  1. Press CTRL + F3 to open the Name Manager dialog box.
  2. Click on the "New" button.
  3. In the "Name" field, type rng.
  4. In the "Refers to:" box, enter =ROW(INDIRECT(Sheet1!$C$2&":"&Sheet1!$C$3))
  5. Click OK
  6. Click Close
count prime numbers with Excel

In cell E5, enter the following formula :


Hit CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to confirm this formula as an array formula. If done correctly, Excel will automatically place curly braces {...} around the formula.

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Post Comment 1 Response to "How to count prime numbers with Excel"
  1. Great stuff! Thanks for posting... I love to see how things work... Also, I like to see how far you can push Excel before it breaks. I expanded the list of primes from 25 to 500, runs slow but still works.

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