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Unfortunately I need to use excel to solve an issue.

I have a (huge) sheet with many columns. I need to create a summary of some sort.

What I need to know is how to count the number of cells (in a column) with certain criteria.


              COL1       COL2     COL3
ROW1          apple      food       AB
ROW2          apple      food       AB

In the case above, if the criteria is apple,food,AB it would return 2. (the criteria will mainly be string matching inside the cell)

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you can try to use the =COUNTIF

here are some tutorials with explanations

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yes COUNTIF can be used, but I need to use more than one criteria. –  theAlse Oct 20 '12 at 22:44
You didn't mention which version of Excel you are using. =COUNTIFS (note trailing S) matches multiple criteria and is available in 2007 & later. –  andy holaday Oct 20 '12 at 22:49
oh great, just what I was looking for. thanks! –  theAlse Oct 20 '12 at 22:54
if you are referring to Andy Holaday's COUNTIFS then you shouldn't have accepted this post, you should ask Andy to post a separate response –  brettdj Oct 20 '12 at 23:18

In Excel 2007 onwards

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