In this article we will learn to insert a wildcard in Excel.

## What is a Wildcard?

A wildcard is a special character that let's you perform "fuzzy" matching on text in your Excel formulas.

For example, this countif wildcard formula: **=COUNTIF(A2:A9,"*sub")**

Let start by creating data for the same.

## How to insert?

Now suppose we want to count the texts in column A which contains the word "sub", this can be easily done by using wildcard "*sub" in the countif formula: **=COUNTIF(A2:A9,"*Sub")**

Lets us discuss another common wildcard: **=COUNTIF(A2:A9,"?????")**

This will count the cells with 5 alphabet strings:

### Input values:

text

Dim Sub

Sub Word

Text5

Text4

Text5

Text

sub

Text

sub

new Sub

word

Results: 3

Reason:

Text5

Text4

Text5

Please find below some of the wildcard examples we generally use: