Here’s a few neat ways to count Text, Blanks and Non-Blank cells using the Countif() function.

### Count All Non-Blanks

### Count All Text

### Count All Blanks

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### Learn More about the Countif() function

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Sumifs() a close relation to Countifs()

Interesting use of “><". Didn't know this!!

I use "?*" to count non-blank cells with text

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@Sumit

Yes, This occurred to me today by a slip of the finger and Wow!

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@Hui

I searched for it on web and in Office Help. Didn’t find it there as well. That makes this trick more Wow 🙂

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Awesome… New Learning 🙂

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countifs() is also a very interesting formula. Which helps in having multiple ranges

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Nice summary! Thanks!

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Be very careful with =COUNTIF(B2:B9,”><"). If you insert the following text into B2:B9, the formula returns 0 which is incorrect. Better to use =COUNTIF(B2:B9,"*").

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Jason,

Good catch. One more thing that I tried.. If you insert =”” in one of the cells, “*” still counts it as non-blank (this is sometimes the case with imported data)

I prefer “?*” as it ensures the cell has atleast one character

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Hi Hui,

How to count number in the list.

Regards,

Pavi

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Pavi,

I’ve always used something like: =COUNTIF(B2:B9,”>”&0)

But generally, I want to find that meet certain criteria. If you just wanted all numbers, regardless of value, you could use:

=SUMPRODUCT(–ISNUMBER(A2:A9))

If you wanted to return only values that met conditions using SUMPRODUCT, you’d use something like:

=SUMPRODUCT(–(A2:A9>110000),–ISNUMBER(A2:A9))

Without the ISNUMBER() clause, SUMPRODUCT will also count your text cells.

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You can also use a formula like this:

=COUNT(B2:B9)

It counts only numbers 🙂

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The “><" isn't quite doing what the post implies.

It is counting cells where the character code is greater than that of the < symbol, with the character code for the < symbol being 60.

So, if you just put an exclamation mark (!) in a cell, the formula wouldn't count it because the character code for ! is 33. This is what Jason highlighted a couple of posts ago.

@Pavi, just use the COUNT() function.

=COUNT(B2:B9)

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Also be careful with this: COUNTIF(B2:B9,”=”) because it treats cells with formula =”” as non-empty cells.

COUNTIF(B2:B9,””) is better because it counts empty cells and also cells with empty text string (“”).

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We are trying to use COUNTIF function to find blank and non-blank cells, which is creative and fine.

However, we can also use COUNTA() to count non-blank cells and COUNTBLANK() to count blank cells. These are very specific functions to do the same work.

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What are the best CountIf options for text, number and blank using the data in B2:B9 if the data in each cell, including the blank, was generated with a formula?

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Try this:

=CountA(B2:B9) + Countif(B2:B9,”?*”)

This will count if the cell has anything (number, text, or characters) except blank (even if generated by formula)

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a nice learning, thank you very much.

at “Count all text” I tested a space, with

a nice result .. 😉

Kind regards,

SomeintPhia

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Also we can try out this thing as well

1. =COUNTIF(C28:C31,”Band”)..will return 2 by exact match between the cell range

2. =COUNTIF(C28:C31,”*and”)..will return 2 by exact match between the cell range containing “Band”,”Rand”

3. =COUNTIF(C28:C31,”*and”)..will return 1 by exact match between the cell range containing “Band”,”Rnd”

Good luck!!

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to exclude the “” for the count but count other texts, you could use:

=COUNTIF(B2:B9,”>”””)

doesn’t count numbers though.

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Very useful and interesting. Thanks.

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