# How to Use COUNTIF with Wildcards in Excel

You can use the following formulas in Excel to use wildcard characters with the COUNTIF function:

Formula 1: COUNTIF with One Wildcard

```=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*string*")
```

This particular formula counts the number of cells in the range A2:A11 that contain “string” anywhere in the cell.

Formula 2: COUNTIFS with Multiple Wildcards

```=COUNTIFS(A2:A11, "*string1*", B2:B11, "*string2*")
```

This particular formula counts the number of cells where A2:A11 contains “string1” and where B2:B11 contains “string2.”

The following examples show how to use each formula in practice.

## Example 1: COUNTIF with One Wildcard

We can use the following formula to count the number of cells in column A that contain “avs” anywhere in the cell:

```=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*avs*")
```

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice: From the output we can see that there are 6 cells in column A that contain “avs” in the  team name.

## Example 2: COUNTIFS with Multiple Wildcards

We can use the following formula to count the number of rows where A2:A11 contains “avs” and where B2:B11 contains “gua”:

`=COUNTIFS(A2:A11, "*avs*", B2:B11, "*gua*")`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice: From the output we can see that there are 4 rows where the team contains “avs” and the position contains “gua” somewhere in the cell.