I am having troubles integrating a contains formula into my Countifs formula.


I am wanting to count anytime a certain user has a certain type of follow up needed comment. The excel sheet comes from a workspace where users can select multiple options so I am looking to grab comments that contain a certain phrase. Below are my current formula, a screen shot of the metric sheet, and a filtered down version of the source sheet with the two main range columns highlighted.

=COUNTIFS({Retro Audit Report 2 Cred Required Comment}, (CONTAINS("Education", {Retro Audit Report 2 Cred Required Comment})), {Retro Audit Report 2 Default User}, User@row)

Best Answer

  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin
    Answer ✓

    Hi @Spencor_Luze

    In your CONTAINS function, instead of re-typing the entire {reference} again, you'll want to use @cell to let the function know you want to search each cell in the range for your word.

    See: Create Efficient Formulas with @cell and @row

    Try this formula:

    =COUNTIFS({Retro Audit Report 2 Cred Required Comment}, CONTAINS("Education", @cell), {Retro Audit Report 2 Default User}, User@row)

    Note that I also removed the extra (parentheses) around the CONTAINS Function, you can list it right away. Let me know if this works for you and makes sense!




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