You can use the **COUNTIF** and **COUNTIFS** functions in Excel to count the number of values in one column where the value in another column meets specific criteria.

The following examples show how to use these functions in practice with the following dataset in Excel:

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**Example 1: Use COUNTIF to Count One Column if Another Column Meets Criteria**

We can type the following formula into cell **F2** to count the number of cells in the **Player** column where the corresponding cell in the **Team** column is equal to “Mavs”:

=COUNTIF(A2:A11, F1)

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

From the output we can see that there are **4** cells in the **Player** column where the corresponding cell in the **Team** column is Mavs.

**Example 2: Use COUNTIFS to Count One Column if Multiple Other Columns Meet Criteria**

We can type the following formula into cell **F3 **to count the number of cells in the **Player** column where the corresponding cell in the **Team** column is equal to “Mavs” *and* the corresponding cell in the **Points** column is greater than 20:

=COUNTIFS(A2:A11, F1, C2:C11, ">"&F2)

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

From the output we can see that there are **2** cells in the **Player** column where the corresponding cell in the **Team** column is Mavs *and* the corresponding cell in the **Points** column is greater than 20.

**Note**: In this example we used the **COUNTIFS** function to check if two columns met specific criteria, but you can use the **COUNTIFS** function to check if as many columns as you’d like meet specific criteria.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel:

Excel: Use COUNTIF with Multiple Ranges

Excel: Use COUNTIF with Multiple Criteria in Same Column

Excel: COUNTIF Greater Than But Less Than Some Number