Question I am using the COUNTA formula for counting names in a set of cells. When I delete a name the formula changes. For instance if I am counting for cells A5 to A15 the formula is COUNTA(A5:A15). When I delete a name the formula automatically changes to COUNTA(A5:A14). So when I add another name to the series of cells, the formula is now wrong and does not cover the range of cells I wish. How do I make it so the formula does not change when I delete information from that cell range?
Answer Say for example that you've got a label in cell A4 (the "header"), your actual list of names in A5:A15, and another label in A16 (the "footer"). Instead of using
better to use
COUNTA(A4:A16) - 2
Then, as long as you don't delete the header or footer, you can add or delete whatever rows within A5:A15, and the COUNTA formula will continue to work.
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