Excel: How to Count If Cells Contain Text


You can use the following methods to count cells in Excel that contain specific text:

Method 1: Count Cells that Contain One Specific Text

=COUNTIF(A2:A13, "*text*")

This formula will count the number of cells in the range A2:A13 that contain “text” in the cell.

Method 2: Count Cells that Contain One of Several Text

=SUM(COUNTIF(A2:A13,{"*text1","*text2*","*text3*"}))

This formula will count the number of cells in the range A2:A13 that contain “text1”, “text2”, or “text3” in the cell.

The following examples show how to use each method in practice with the following dataset in Excel:

Example 1: Count Cells that Contain One Specific Text

We can use the following formula to count the values in the Team column that contain “avs” in the name:

=COUNTIF(A2:A13, "*avs*")

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

We can see that a total of 4 cells in the Team column contain “avs” in the name.

Example 2: Count Cells that Contain One of Several Text

We can use the following formula to count the number of cells in the Team column that contain “avs”, “urs”, or “ockets” in the name:

=SUM(COUNTIF(A2:A13,{"*avs","*urs*","*ockets*"}))

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

We can see that a total of 7 cells in the Team column contain “avs”, “urs”, or “ockets” in the name.

Additional Resources

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

Excel: How to Delete Rows with Specific Text
Excel: How to Check if Cell Contains Partial Text
Excel: How to Check if Cell Contains Text from List

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