Counts the number of blank cells in a column.




Term Definition
column The column that contains the blank cells to be counted.

Return value

A whole number. If no rows are found that meet the condition, blanks are returned.


  • The only argument allowed to this function is a column. You can use columns containing any type of data, but only blank cells are counted. Cells that have the value zero (0) are not counted, as zero is considered a numeric value and not a blank.

  • Whenever there are no rows to aggregate, the function returns a blank. However, if there are rows, but none of them meet the specified criteria, the function returns 0. Microsoft Excel also returns a zero if no rows are found that meet the conditions.

  • In other words, if the COUNTBLANK function finds no blanks, the result will be zero, but if there are no rows to check, the result will be blank.

  • This function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules.


The following example shows how to count the number of rows in the table Reseller that have blank values for BankName.

= COUNTBLANK(Reseller[BankName])  

To count logical values or text, use the COUNTA or COUNTAX functions.

See also

COUNT function
COUNTA function
COUNTAX function
COUNTX function
Statistical functions