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If you are working with a data table that has a limited number of categories by which you want a count, you can use the COUNTIF worksheet function to do your work. For instance, you may have a data table that has two columns. Column A could be names of customers and Column B could be names of sales representatives. There are only half a dozen sales representatives, but scores of customers.

In Column E, list the names of your sales reps, one rep per row. (If you have only a half dozen sales reps, you should have only six rows filled out.) Begin in Row 2, since E1 will probably be used for the column name, such as "Sales Rep." The sales rep names should be spelled exactly as they appear in the data table.

In Column F, beside the first sales rep, enter the following formula:

=COUNTIF($A$2:$B$200,"="&$E2)

Make sure you replace $A$2:$B$200 with the actual range of your original data table. (You could use a named range, if desired.)

Copy this formula (cell F2) into the other five rows of Column F (cells F3:F7), right beside each sales rep's name.

That's it! The information in Column F represents the number of customers for each sales rep.

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2020-01-13 09:49:17

Peter Atherton

Anirudh Rangarajan

If the Authors are in separate cells use COUNTA, but if the authors are in a single cell use Len(cell) - Len(substitute( method.

(see Figure 1 below)

**Figure 1.**

2020-01-12 22:39:38

Anirudh Rangarajan

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No. of authors in a row is 4

Lahiri, B. B.; Bagavathiappan, S.; Jayakumar, T.; Philip, John = 4

2019-11-17 09:51:17

Paul

Peter Atherton, although I wasn't looking for a macro based solution I learned a lot from the one you posted. Thanks.

2019-11-15 11:37:43

J. Woolley

Here is another solution to your problem described 2019-11-06. Assuming all of your 200 worksheets have a similar structure, pick an unused column (one that has no values or formulas on any worksheet). Let's assume you picked column Z. Click the first worksheet's tab, then Shift+Click the 200th worksheet's tab; all 200 worksheets should be selected with one of them the active sheet. Put the following 3 formulas in cells Z1, Z2, and Z3 of the active sheet:

=--(UPPER(K16)="R")

=--(UPPER(K16)="L")

=--(UPPER(K16)="C")

Now all 3 formulas should appear in Z1:Z3 on all 200 sheets. Notice these formulas ignore alphabetic case of cell K16, which is optional. The double unary (double negative) operator converts TRUE/FALSE to 1/0.

Now select (activate) your summary sheet and use the following formulas to count the number of sheets that have "r", "l", or "c" in cell K16:

="r count is "&SUM(’Sheet(1):Sheet(200)'!Z1)

="l count is "&SUM(’Sheet(1):Sheet(200)'!Z2)

="c count is "&SUM(’Sheet(1):Sheet(200)'!Z3)

2019-11-14 14:36:02

J. Woolley

You might be interested in these articles:

https://ask.wellsr.com/1159/why-is-range-so-different-in-count-and-sum-vs-countif-and-sumif

https://exceljet.net/formula/count-occurrences-in-entire-workbook

2019-11-06 21:36:22

Peter Atherton

Paul

I know that you said no macros but sometimes a VB function leads to Microsoft wizards to write a new function. Here is a UDF to perform the task.

Function wbCOUNTIF(ref, val As String)

Dim addr As String, wks As Worksheet

Dim i As Integer, cnt As Integer

Dim ShCount As Integer, str As Variant

addr = ref.Range("A1").Address

i = 1

ShCount = ThisWorkbook.Sheets.Count

On Error Resume Next

For i = 2 To ShCount

Set wks = Worksheets(i)

With wks

str = wks.Range(addr).Value

If LCase(str) = LCase(val) Then

cnt = cnt + 1

End If

End With

Next i

wbCOUNTIF = cnt

End Function

(see Figure 1 below)

**Figure 1.**

2019-11-06 14:46:24

J. Woolley

Because you originally said "no macros" I assume you don't want a VBA user-defined function (which would be easy to specify). In other words, you want something that can be saved in an XLSX file, not XLSM or XLSB.

First create a list of all your sheet names. For example, put this formula in cell A1

="Sheet("&ROWS($A$1:A1)&")"

then duplicate that formula down the column (range A1:A200).

With the sheet names in A1:A200, these formulas will count the number of sheets that have "r", "l", or "c" in cell K16

=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&A1:A200&"'!K16"),"r"))

=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&A1:A200&"'!K16"),"l"))

=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&A1:A200&"'!K16"),"c"))

2019-11-06 09:02:02

Paul

2019-11-05 13:10:18

J. Woolley

Assuming the specific text character you want to count is in cell A1 (for example, cell A1 contains the text character r) and you want to count the number of times that character appears in cell A5, use the following formula for a count that is alphabetic case sensitive:

=LEN(A5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A5,A1,""))

To ignore alphabetic case, use the following formula:

=LEN(A5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(UPPER(A5),UPPER(A1),""))

2019-11-04 14:19:20

Paul

2016-04-23 05:58:48

Michael (Micky) Avidan

1. Although we don't deal with "life danger" - one should avoid using Absolute references if he deals with a SINGLE formula.

2. the following "shorten" formula will return the same result:

=COUNTIF(A2:B200,"=")

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Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)

ISRAEL

2016-04-22 17:07:18

Amy

Just change the formula such as

=COUNTIF($A$2:$B$200,"="&"")

2016-04-21 16:12:12

Rundor

Is there a way to COUNTIF cells are blank?

2016-04-17 06:25:17

Willy Vanhaelen

You're right. This construction is only needed for not equal for instance:

=COUNTIF($A$2:$B$200,"<>"&E2).

2016-04-16 06:45:28

Dave

=COUNTIF($A$2:$B$200,"="&$E2)

what is the purpose of "="& as the formula works perfectly well without it?

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