In this lesson you can learn about COUNTIF function.

COUNTIF function counts the number of times within the specified range of cells that perform the specified value as a criterion.

Function syntax:

**=COUNTIF (range, criteria)**

- Range - the range of cells that you want to count the data. There has to be an ongoing area.
- Criteria - a condition that must be met for cell counting. In the case of numeric values - the condition can look like eg 100

## Example 1 - count string with exact string of text

You want to count cells where there is only REPORT text. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,”REPORT”)**

## Example 2 - greater than

You want to count cells where value is greater than 10. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,">"&10)**

## Example 3 - greater than or equal to

You want to count cells where value is greater than or equal 10. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,">="&10)**

## Example 4 - not equal to

You want to count cells where value is not equal to 10. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"<>"&10)**

## Example 5 - less than x but more than y

You want to count cells where value is less than 40 but more than 15. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"<"&40)-COUNTIF(C2:C10,"<="&15)**

## Example 6 - countif plus countif

You want to count cells where value is greater than 40 plus less than 15. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,">"&40)+COUNTIF(C2:C10,"<"&15)**

## Example 7 - count cells containing string of text

You want to count cells which contain REPORT text. Cells are in C column. Use asterisk in your formula. Asterisk replaces any other signs.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"*REPORT*")**

## Example 8 - count cells beginning with string of text

You want to count cells which begin REPORT text. Cells are in C column. Use asterisk in your formula. Asterisk replaces any other signs.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"REPORT*")**

## Example 9 - count cells ending with string of text

You want to count cells which end RT text. Cells are in C column. Use asterisk in your formula. Asterisk replaces any other signs.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"*RT")**

## Example 10 - count cells ending with string of text and contains 6 letters

You want to count cells which end RT text and contains 6 letters. Cells are in C column. Use question mark in your formula. Question mark replaces one sign.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"????RT")**

## Example 11 - count cells containing any text

You want to count cells which contain any text. Cells are in C column. Use asterisk in your formula. Asterisk replaces any other signs.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"*")**

## Example 12 - count cells not containing any text

You want to count cells which not contain any text. Cells are in C column. Use asterisk in your formula. Asterisk replaces any other signs. <> means not equal to.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,"<>"&"*")**

## Example 13 - greater than or equal to value from cell

You want to count cells where value is greater than or equal to value from cell C12. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,">="&C12)**

## Example 14 - greater than value from cell

You want to count cells where value is greater than value from cell C12. Cells are in C column.

The formula is **=COUNTIF(C2:C10,">"&C12)**

Now you know how to use COUNTIF function in Excel. You know also many COUNIF formulas to use in your business cases.

Further reading: Countifs function COUNTIF for non-empty cells How to countif cells with partial match?