I am trying to count number of external employees. There are two columns,

Column F with values EXT for external and INT for internal employees

Column G with date.

Now, if date column is empty this means that employee is here since last year. I need this as my starting point for my other calculations, i.e. how this number changed through months of this year. So this is what i found in different sources, but this formula is returning 0


i guess that there is error in second criteria



You're pretty close, but this should work -


No need for the > - just use the "" as the criteria for blanks.


With coumn B randomly inserted "ext" or "int" and in column C the date, I counted the numbers of "ext" compared to a specific date; i.e. in cell C14. I had a count of 57. The trick was to compare the cells with a designated cell.


Or if you want to count the empt cells, then use "" (two colons) instead of ">"&C14.


I hope this will help you out.


  • Thanks, but i don't need to compare it to specific date, i just need to count numer of rows witf column F value EXT and column G empty – ivanz Aug 10 '15 at 12:14
  • Then use "" (two colons) instead of ">"&C14. I changed this in the answer I already gave. – Dineau Aug 10 '15 at 12:35
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    You mean two quotes (""), not two colons (::) – Tyson Aug 10 '15 at 12:52

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