How can I make COUNTIF into a column formula?

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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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  • Jgorsich
    Jgorsich ✭✭✭✭
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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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