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.


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


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

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