I am trying to count the number of times a date with the abbreviation AHV occurs in a month.  For example; for the month of September, I have the column G4:G55 with dates for the quarter(July, Aug and Sept)and a qualifier of AHV or QHV.  I need to only count the dates in September that have AHV.  I have tried so many ways but I can't seem to get the correct answer, it counted all September dates.


It is unclear what your data looks like

G4:  Sept
H4:  AHV


G4:  Sept AHV

for the separate cells then


for same cell


I am assuming that in the month you have a string "Sept"

You also use the term dates with reference to G4:G55.  If you truly have a real excel date stored in each of G4:G55 and the qualifier is again in H4:H55, to get September dates

=countifs(G4:G55,">=Sept 1, 2013",G4:G55,"<=Sept 30, 2013",H4:H55,"AHV")

Also, COUNTIFS  (with an S) was introduced in Excel 2007, so you would need to have Excel 2007 or a more recent version.

If none of those solve your problem, then post back with a more detailed explanation of what your data looks like, what it is, and where it is located.

Tom Ogilvy  
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