COUNTIF formula for visual symbol

mmac ✭✭✭✭✭
edited 12/09/19 in Formulas and Functions

Hello, I am trying to measure against tasks based on whether they are completed, on hold, not started. I have a status column using visual symbol representation and am trying to determine the countif formula to accomplish this so that I can measure against and build out the widget in a dashboard view. Any help is greatly appreciated!



10% "yes" or completed

50% "on hold"

40% "no" or not started




  • Sterling

    The best way I can see to do this would be to create 3 extra rows at the top of your sheet with a counter for each symbol. You could make them collapsable into a parent row to keep the sheet looking cleaner, but I can't think of a simpler way.

    your formula could look something like this:

    =COUNTIF([Symbol Column]:[Symbol Column], "yes")

    changing "yes" for "hold" and "no" in the other rows.

  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    If you're pulling metrics for a dashboard you could put the counts on their own sheet and use cross sheet references. You can then use that sheet for all tables and whatnot that you will be referencing on your dashboard.

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