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Definition of COUNTIF

Returns a conditional count across a range.

Sample Usage




COUNTIF(range, criterion)

  • range - The range that is tested against criterion.

  • criterion - The pattern or test to apply to range.

    • If range contains text to check against, criterion must be a string. criterion can contain wildcards including ? to match any single character or * to match zero or more contiguous characters. To match an actual question mark or asterisk, prefix the character with the tilde (~) character (i.e. ~? and ~*). A string criterion must be enclosed in quotation marks. Each cell in range is then checked againstcriterion for equality (or match, if wildcards are used).

    • If range contains numbers to check against, criterion may be either a string or a number. If a number is provided, each cell in range is checked for equality with criterion. Otherwise, criterionmay be a string containing a number (which also checks for equality), or a number prefixed with any of the following operators: =>>=<, or <=, which check whether the range cell is equal to, greater than, greater than or equal to, less than, or less than or equal to the criterion value, respectively.


  • COUNTIF can only perform conditional counts with a single criterion. To use multiple criteria, use COUNTIFS or the database functions DCOUNT or DCOUNTA.

See Also

COUNTIFS: Returns the count of a range depending on multiple criteria.

SUMIF: Returns a conditional sum across a range.

DCOUNTA: Counts values, including text, selected from a database table-like array or range using a SQL-like query.

DCOUNT: Counts numeric values selected from a database table-like array or range using a SQL-like query.

COUNTUNIQUE: Counts the number of unique values in a list of specified values and ranges.

COUNTA: Returns a count of the number of values in a dataset.

COUNTBLANK: Returns the number of empty cells in a given range.

COUNT: Returns a count of the number of numeric values in a dataset.

To use the COUNTIF Formula, simply begin with your edited Excellentable:

Then begin typing the COUNTIF formula in the area you would like to display the outcome: 

By selecting the range of cells and entering the criteria you would like to calculate the COUNTIF formula, Excellentable generates the outcome:



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