excel array formula can

To demonstrate how an array formula can occupy more than one cell, create the worksheet
shown in the figure and then try these steps:
1. Select the range B1:B5.
2. Type the following formula:
3. Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
The preceding steps enter a single array formula into five cells. Enter a SUM formula that adds
the values in B1:B5, and you’ll see that the total number of characters in A1:A5 is 29.
Here’s the key point: It’s not necessary to actually display those five array elements. Rather, Excel
can store the array in memory. Knowing this, you can type the following single array formula in
any blank cell (Remember: Don’t type the curly brackets and make sure that you enter it by
pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter):
This formula essentially creates a five-element array (in memory) that consists of the length of
each string in A1:A5. The SUM function uses this array as its argument, and the formula returns 29