Excel formula for Beginners – How to Count cells equal to something

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In this end-to-end excel example, you will learn – How to Count cells equal to something.


How to Count cells equal to something

Generic formula



To count the number of cells equal to a specific value, you can use the COUNTIF function. In the example shown, G6 contains this formula:


How this formula works

The COUNTIF function is fully automatic — it counts the number of cells in a range that match the supplied criteria.

For range, we use D5:D11, which contains colors. For criteria, we simply use “red”.

COUNTIF returns the count of values in D5:D11 that are equal to “red”.

Note: when text values are supplied directly as criteria, they need to be enclosed double quotes (“”). 


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