 # How to Count Cells That Contain Specific Text in Excel

So, the objective is count every cell that contains a specific text. Right? Thats no big deal. We can just use COUNTIF function to count cells that contains specific text with help of wild card character asterisk (*). Generic Formula to Count Cells That Contains Specific Text.

=COUNTIF(range,”*text*”)

#### Examples

To count all cell that contain “ExcelTip” in range A1:A10, we will write this formula:

=COUNTIF(A1:A10,”*ExcelTip*”)

=COUNTIF(A1:A10,”a*”)

To Count Cell that ends with “etc” write this COUNTIF formula

=COUNTIF(A1:A10,”*etc”)

Since COUNTIF is not case sensitive. It counts all cells that contain given text, irrespective of their case. Then how do we count case sensitive text?

#### HOW TO COUNT CELL CONTAINING CASE SENSITIVE SPECIFIC TEXT

To count cells with case sensitive condition we would use SUMPRODUCT, FIND and ISNUMBER function.

Generic Formula

=SUMPRODUCT(--(ISNUMBER(FIND(text,range))))

For example, if you want to count cells that contain exactly “Excel” not “excel write this formula:

=SUMPRODUCT(--(ISNUMBER(FIND(“Excel”,range))))

The FIND function will return array of found locations of “Excel” and #VALUE errors.
ISNUMBER will then check each element in array, if its a number or not and will return an array of TRUE and FALSE. Means if text is found then TRUE else FALSE.
-- unary operator will convert TRUE into 1 and FALSE into 0.
Finally, SUMPRODUCT will sum this array and we have number of cell that contains “Excel

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