REPT is a simple yet powerful function in Excel that allows you to repeat a given text a specified number of times. It can be especially useful when you need to generate repetitive data or format text in a specific way, and it’s easy enough for a high school student to understand.

## Syntax

**REPT(text, number_times)**

## Arguments

text | The text you want to repeat. |

number_times | The number of times you want to repeat the given text. This should be a positive whole number. |

## How to use

The REPT function is straightforward to use. Let’s look at a couple of examples to illustrate how it works:

**Example 1:** Repeat a Text String

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=REPT("Hello, ", 3) |

This formula will repeat the text “Hello, ” three times, resulting in “Hello, Hello, Hello, “.

**Example 2:** Create a Border

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=REPT("*", 10) |

Here, the formula will generate a string of ten asterisks, creating a simple border: “**********”.

**Example 3:** Generate a Repeated Pattern

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=REPT("12345", 4) |

Using the REPT function, you can create a repeated pattern of numbers. This formula will result in “12345123451234512345”.

**Example 4:** Handling Optional Arguments

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=REPT("Excel", 2) |

When you don’t specify the number of times to repeat, Excel assumes it to be 1. So, in this case, “Excel” will remain unchanged.

Remember to ensure that the **number_times** argument is a positive whole number. If it’s negative or not a whole number, REPT will return an error.

REPT is a handy function for various tasks like formatting, creating patterns, or generating repetitive text. It can save time and simplify your Excel work when you need to duplicate text multiple times.