Excel/countif using two sets of criteria
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.
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