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The COUNT function returns the number of numeric values in a supplied set of cells or values. This count includes both numbers and dates
Syntax
=COUNT(value1,[value2],…)
Arguments
Argument | Description |
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value1, [value2],… |
The arguments, value1, [value2], etc, can be any values or references to cell ranges |
Note: Beginning with Excel 2007, you can enter up to 255 number arguments to the function. Excel 2003 would only accept up to 30 number arguments.
Values Counted as Numeric
Numbers and dates are always counted as numeric values by the COUNT function. However, text representations and logical values are counted differently, depending on whether they are supplied as a value in a range of cells, or if they are supplied directly to the function.
Value Within a Range of Cells | Value Supplied Directly to Function | ||
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Numbers | ARE counted | ARE counted | |
Dates | ARE counted | ARE counted | |
Logical Values | NOT counted | ARE counted | |
Text Representations of Numbers & Dates | NOT counted | ARE counted | |
Other Text | NOT counted | NOT counted | |
Errors | NOT counted | NOT counted |
Examples
A | B | C | D | E | |
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1 | Formula | Result | Notes | ||
2 | 5 | 0 | =COUNT(A2:B6) | 4 | The numbers and the date, 01-Jan-2014, are counted by the function |
3 | text | =COUNT(A2:A6,B2) | 3 | The text value “text”, the logical value FALSE, and the error value #N/A are not counted by the function | |
4 | FALSE | =COUNT(A2:A6,A2:B2) | 4 | The example in cell C3 uses two ranges that intersect, and both ranges include the cell A1. In this case, Excel counts the cell A1 (which DOES contain a numeric value) twice – once for each range that it is contained in | |
5 | 01-Jan-2014 | ||||
6 | #N/A | ||||
7 | =COUNT(100,DATE(2014,1,1)) | 2 | The number 100 and the date 01/01/2010 are counted by the function | ||
8 | =COUNT(“100″,”01/01/2014”,FALSE) | 3 | The text representations of the number “100” & the date, “01/01/2010”, and the logical value FALSE, are counted by the function | ||
9 | =COUNT(“text”,#N/A) | 0 | The text string “text” and the error #N/A are not counted by the function |
The Excel COUNT and COUNTA functions are often confused, a brief description of each of these functions is given below:
- COUNT returns the count of numeric values within a set of cells or values; includes numbers and dates
- COUNTA returns the count of non-blank values within a set of cells or values; includes numbers, dates, text values, logical values and errors