Counting occurrences of a character in a spreadsheet

In this Excel tutorial you will teach yourself how to count occurences of a character in a spreadsheet.

How to count occurrences of character in a string?

Let's count how many of f character do you have in a A coulmn.

To do that just use below formula:

{=SUM(LEN(A:A)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A:A;"f";"")))}

This is an array formula so remember to press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER combination.

Counting character occurences

Counting occurrences of a character in a spreadsheet may be useful for spreadsheets with unique text.

Also you may be interested in counting character which is related to your company/project and used as a your internal code.

How to count cells with a specific content in a range?

In this example you will see how to count the number of cells with specific content in a range in clever way. You need only one formula to do this!

To count a number of cells with a text in a specific range you just need to use sumproduct function

You can build formula like this:

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISTEXT(RANGE))

You can count a number of cells with a value as well with similar formula:

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(RANGE))

 

Other examples

There are others functions you can use with this kind of formulas:

  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISBLANK(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISERR(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISERROR(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISEVEN(NUMBER))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISFORMULA(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISLOGICAL(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNA(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNONTEXT(RANGE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISODD(NUMBER))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISOWEEKNUM(DATE))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISPMT(RATE,PER,NPER,PV))
  • =SUMPRODUCT(--ISREF(RANGE))

Isn't an Excel wonderful that makes your life so much easier?