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# Excel/Countif

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I have two spreadsheets.  One is call Staff and has approx. 2000 staff members with their school name.  The other, Summary, has a summary of the 58 schools and next to it a countif formula =countif(Staff!\$C\$2:\$C\$2000,"1"), this is in column C.  What I would like to do is not change the criteria every time to the school name.  Is there a way to make "1" a formula?  I have reentered the school name in column A of the Summary sheet.  Thanks.

Tammy,

I am not sure what the "1" significes - if it is a placeholder and you type in the school name, then  yes, you can replace that with a cell reference.

assume this formula will be placed in cell C2 and the school name is in A2

=countif(Staff!\$C\$2:\$C\$2000,A2)

should give the count for that school if the school  names are in column C on the Staff sheet.

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Tom Ogilvy
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