COUNTIF Function in Microsoft Excel 2013
The COUNTIF function combines the COUNT function and the IF function. Use it when you want to count any cells that match a certain condition.
In the example, we want Excel to count how many people have worked enough hours to qualify for overtime. So we set up a COUNTIF Function to count how many times the word “Overtime” occurs in the Overtime column.
Figure – Result returned
The structure of a COUNTIF Function
This says, look in the cells C6 to C9, and if you find the work yes in them count how many times.
The structure of a COUNTIF always contains the same four elements.
- Starts with =COUNTIF(
- The range of cells that Excel is to look at
- The criteria which Excel will use to count
- Close brackets
To make this COUNTIF function easier to understand in this example, the rangeis in purpletext and the criteria is orangetext.
Typing in a COUNTIF Function
Figure – Type the Countif function directly into the cell
- Click in the cell where you want the answer
- Type =COUNTIF(
- Highlight the range of cells you are counting from
- Type in your criteria
- Press Enter
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