# Excel/countif of dates

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QUESTION: Hi,
I am using Excel 2010.
I have a two column table of orders.
In column A - the date
In column B - the number of orders that were order in that date.
For example:
26/1/2015 - 6
27/1/2015 - 3

I wish to count all the order per each month.
Thanks

ANSWER: You would use COUNTIFS() instead as that would allow you to designate multiple criteria.

=COUNTIFS(A:A, ">=1/1/2015", A:A:, "<1/2/2015")

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I would be remiss if I did not point out that a Pivot Table would be the more perfect solution as it is inherently capable of grouping table results by month.

http://screencast.com/t/f7TeG8izlk2

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In column A I have many more dates, of many months.
Your formula covers only January 2015.
How can I cover all the year?

Back to the COUNTIFS() suggestion, as per your example I demonstrated ONE formula for one specific month.  You would create a different formula for the next month, and so on.

You could put the starting date of a given month in a cell, then use that as a reference for a more self-adjusting formula.  So perhaps you put Jan 1, 2015 in M2, then in N2 you could put:

=COUNTIFS(A:A, ">="&M2, A:A, "<="&EOMONTH(M2,0))

Then put sequential starting dates in M3, M4, copy down as far as needed, then just copy the N2 formula down.

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I would be remiss if I did not again point you to the Pivot Table which does ALL of this and more with minimal effort right out of the box.  If you've never played with Pivot Tables before it worth the small amount of time it takes to get comfortable with all the controls.  Do it.  You will not be sorry, your Excel life will forever improve and simplify.

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