# Microsoft Excel Tutorial For Beginners – Count cells that contain either x or y

Summary

To count cells that contain either x or y, you can use a formula based on the SUMPRODUCT function. In the example shown, the formula in cell F5 is:

`=SUMPRODUCT(--((ISNUMBER(FIND("abc",B5:B11))+ISNUMBER(FIND("def",B5:B11)))>0))`

This is the single cell formula solution, explained below. It is also possible to use a simpler formula based on a helper column, also explained below.

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