# Count how many times a specific word appears in a column

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edited 10/18/22

Column heading = Issue Type with drop down options Open, Updated, Closed

Need a formula to count how many times each is chosen

Thank you,

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I hope you're well and safe!

Try something like this. (change open to the other options as needed)

=COUNTIFS([Issue Type]:[Issue Type], "Open")

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Using the information above, this worked for me for a count I need.

=COUNTIFS([1st Priority]:[1st Priority], "Onboarding")

I would also like to count the number of time onboarding appears in columns 2nd Priority and 3rd Priority and total the number of times in each column for a "grand" total. This is what I tried:

=COUNTIFS([1st Priority]:[1st Priority], [2nd Priority]:[2nd Priority], [3rd Priority]:[3rd Priority], "Onboarding")

It returned 0

The actual number is 2

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If those columns are the only columns that will contain the search word:

=COUNTIFS([1st Priority]:[3rd Priority], "Onboarding")

Otherwise you could string them together with "+"

=COUNTIFS([1st Priority]:[1st Priority], "Onboarding") + COUNTIFS([2nd Priority]:[2nd Priority], "Onboarding")

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@jcurry Not sure what timezone @Andrée Starå is in, so I will horn in here ...

COUNTIFS Function

Counts the number of times all given conditions in their respective ranges are met.

Try something like this:

=COUNTIFS([1st Priority]:[1st Priority], "Onboarding") + COUNTIFS([2nd Priority]:[2nd Priority], "Onboarding") + COUNTIFS([3rd Priority]:[3rd Priority], "Onboarding")

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Bingo!! Thank you so much! Judy

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