How to Use Excel COUNTIFS Function (Examples + Video)

Excel COUNTIFS Function (Example + Video)

Excel COUNTIFS Function

When to use Excel COUNTIFS Function

COUNTIFS function can be used when you want to count the number of cells that meet a single or multiple criteria.

What it Returns

It returns a number that represents the number of cells that met a specified criteria in the specified range(s).

Syntax

=COUNTIFS(criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2, criteria2]…)

Input Arguments

  • criteria_range1 – The range of cells for which you want to evaluate against criteria1.
  • criteria1 – the criteria which you want to evaluate for criteria_range1 to determine which cells to count.
  • [criteria_range2] – The range of cells for which you want to evaluate against criteria2.
  • [criteria2] – the criteria which you want to evaluate for criteria_range2 to determine which cells to count.

Additional Notes

  • Criteria could be a number, expression, cell reference, text, or a formula.
  • Criteria which are text or mathematical/logical symbols (such as =,+,-,/,*) should be in double quotes.
  • Wildcard characters can be used in criteria.
    • There are three wildcard characters in Excel – the question mark (?), asterisk (*), and tilde (~)
      • A question mark matches any single character
      • An asterisk matches any sequence of characters.
      • If you want to find an actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) before the character.
  • Criteria are case insensitive (“Hello” and “hello” are treated as same).
  • Cells in counted only when all the conditions are met.
  • Up to 127 pairs to criteria and criteria range are allowed.
  • If the criteria argument is a reference to an empty cell, the COUNTIFS function treats the empty cell as a 0 value

Excel COUNTIFS Function – Live Example

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