# (Excel examples for Beginners)

In this end-to-end excel example, you will learn – How to Count cells that begin with something in Excel.

Generic formula
`=COUNTIF(rng,"txt*")`
Explanation

To count the number of cells that begin with certain text, you can use the COUNTIF function. In the generic form of the formula (above) rng is a range of cells, txt represents the text that cells should begin with, and “*” is a wildcard matching any number of characters. In the example shown, cell F5 contains this formula:

`=COUNTIF(B5:B12,"app*")`

### How this formula works

COUNTIF counts the number of cells in the range that begin with txt by matching the content of each cell against the pattern “txt*”, which is supplied as the criteria. The “*” symbol (the asterisk) is a wildcard in Excel that means “match any number of characters”. The count of cells that match this pattern is returned as a number.

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