How can I make COUNTIF into a column formula?
I have been using a COUNTIF formula that I am unable to convert to a column formula. Is there a way that I can alter it so it can be a column formula? This is what I have:
And this is the message that pops up when I try to convert it to a column formula:
I like the current formula because it allows me to set up my Request ID like this:
Whereas, changing the formula to this =COUNTIF([LPS Function]:[LPS Function], "Content Management"), makes my Request ID's look like this:
I want to be able to use the formula that I currently have and be able to convert it to a column formula. With the way it currently is, I have to drag the formula down with every submission. There has to be a way or a workaround to fix this. I've looked at other topics/questions and can't seem to find anything that will help this issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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I feel your pain  I'm a big fan of using the same technique in Excel and finding a work around was a big priority for me. Luckily, I've got one for you!
First, you'll need to add some kind of counter column  search for any answer that includes "row@row" and you'll find different ways to do it. Once you've got that, you can change your countif to a countifs and do this:
=countifs(LPS Function]:[LPS Function], "Content Management",row:row,<= row@row)
Basically ends up doing the same thing but fits inside of the fairly draconian column formula rules.
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I feel your pain  I'm a big fan of using the same technique in Excel and finding a work around was a big priority for me. Luckily, I've got one for you!
First, you'll need to add some kind of counter column  search for any answer that includes "row@row" and you'll find different ways to do it. Once you've got that, you can change your countif to a countifs and do this:
=countifs(LPS Function]:[LPS Function], "Content Management",row:row,<= row@row)
Basically ends up doing the same thing but fits inside of the fairly draconian column formula rules.

Hey @Kelsee Katsanes!
Here's the snip from "Create and Edit Column formulas" indicating if column formulas support the reference type:
Unfortunately because it has an absolute reference, it doesn't appear this can be converted to a column formula. My next suggestion was to maybe create a workflow that changes the cell value to the formula, but it looks like the automation wraps the formula in '', which isn't helpful!
It does look like if you insert a row between two cells that have the formula, it does appear the formula stays in the column in the new row, so maybe look at doing something like that?
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Can you show me what you mean by the counter column?

@Kelsee Katsanes sure  check out @Paul Newcome's answer here on how to make a "row" column:
Add that to your sheet and the formula I wrote should work for you :).

It worked!! Thank you thank!!!

Glad I could help :).
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