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Count number of cells containing specific text

edited 12/09/19 in Archived 2016 Posts



I need to count the number of cells that contains a part of a text.

Is there any wildcart symbol I could use? 


for example







In this case I need a formule that count the cells with the text starting with the letters ab.





  • I don't think there is a wildcard, but you could use 

    =COUNTIF(LEFT(text1, 2), "ab")



  • J. Craig Williams
    J. Craig Williams ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I see where Christine is going with her COUNTIF, but I couldn't quite get it to work.


    I added a column (a checkbox column) with this formula:


    =IF(LEFT([Primary Column]9, 2) = "ab", 1, 0)



    The check box is checked if the [Primary Column] starts with "ab".


    If your data is under a parent hierarchy, then this at the parent row

    =COUNTIF(CHILDREN(), 1) + ""


    will get you a count (in text format) of the number of 'ab' found in the children.

    I convert to text because checkboxes won't take numbers greater than 1.


    Or change the column to a text/number column and use a SUM on the CHILDREN instead.


    If your data is NOT in a hierarchy, then 


    =COUNTIF([Primary Column]:[Primary Column], 1) + ""


    If you need to use the number in a formula, convert it back using VALUE.



  • J. Craig Williams
    J. Craig Williams ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 05/07/16

    Oh, and if you want to find any instance of "ab" (jabc) not jus the first two letters, try FIND.


    =IF(FIND("ab", [Primary Column]23) > 0, 1, 0)




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