Excel formula to count words in a cell

It’s reports time again – specifically UCAS references time. And I need to write up to 140 words on each of my students.

I like using Excel for such things but was surprised there was no easy way of counting the words in each cell. I knew you could count characters using LEN() but not how to count the words…. till I found this post and this useful snippet:

=LEN(TRIM(text)) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE(text, " ", "")) + 1