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Hi Tom

In cell C2 of my spreadsheet, I would like to count the amount of times there is a blank cell in column A, AND the words "OK to raise" in column C.  I can get countif to work for one set of criteria, is there a function that can consider both criteria?  Will I need an Array formula?  I am in EXCEL 2003.




In Excel 2003 you would need an array type formula.  You can avoid array entry by using sumproduct in this case.  (so this formula can be entered normally - however it can not refer to an entire column because it is still subject to the limitations of an array formula).

=sumproduct(--(A1:A5000=""),--(C1:C5000="OK to raise"))

sometimes cells appear blank, but may not be blank.  If someone cleared a cell in column A with the spacebar, then the first part of the formula would not see it as blank.  

You can do

=sumproduct(--(len(trim(A1:A5000))=0),--(C1:C5000="OK to raise"))

which is a little more robust.  

Also, the second part is looking for cells that contain "OK to raise" as a phrase - not a substring of a longer phrase.  

Change the 5000 to the last row you want to check.  Be realistic since the more rows included, the longer it could take to calculate.

Tom Ogilvy

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