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I have an Excel spreadsheet and I'm trying to count rows in a column based on a style applied to some cells in the column. Is there a simple way to do this?

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No, not really. You could use Visual Basic to access cell formatting properties but most inbuilt functions that you would type into a cell focus on the cell contents, not the formatting.

If your styles have different shading colours then you can use the following method.

Step 1: Convert your range to a list and then adding a total row showing COUNT

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Step 2: Apply a colour filter (should work on Excel 2007 and later):

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Done: The COUNT total will show the filtered number of rows.

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I would have preferred an answer that said, "of course you can! here's how to do it!" but, alas, you're probably right. There's no way to do what I want without using VB. Thanks. –  Bill Weinman May 3 '12 at 18:24

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