#### Change range based on value of a cell

```Hi all,
I'm trying to do a COUNTIF, but want to change the range depending on
a number somewhere else in the spreadsheet. For example, if the number
is 3, I want to count from C1:G1, but if the number is 4 I want to
count from D1:G1.

I've used the address function to find out which cell I want to start
from, and then concatenated that to the end point of the range (this
never changes). So I'm left with a cell that contains the value of the
range (C1:G1 or D1:G1) depending upon the number which is input above.

Is it possible to use this cell, which contains the value C1:G1 to
replace the range in the COUNTIF function?

Thanks very much.
```
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kwaldman (2)
3/19/2008 9:01:54 AM
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```Use it with the INDIRECT function, i.e.:

=3DCOUNTIF(INDIRECT(your_cell),condition)

your_cell is the one containing the calculated range.

Hope ths helps.

Pete

On Mar 19, 9:01=A0am, kwald...@gmail.com wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to do a COUNTIF, but want to change the range depending on
> a number somewhere else in the spreadsheet. For example, if the number
> is 3, I want to count from C1:G1, but if the number is 4 I want to
> count from D1:G1.
>
> I've used the address function to find out which cell I want to start
> from, and then concatenated that to the end point of the range (this
> never changes). So I'm left with a cell that contains the value of the
> range (C1:G1 or D1:G1) depending upon the number which is input above.
>
> Is it possible to use this cell, which contains the value C1:G1 to
> replace the range in the COUNTIF function?
>
> Thanks very much.

```
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pashurst (2576)
3/19/2008 9:19:55 AM
```Hi

You don't need to use an intermediate cell to concatenate the range, instead
use a cell just to hold the starting column number
Assuming your value of 3 or 4 is held in cell A1
=COUNTIF(INDEX(\$1:\$1,\$A\$1):G1,"your_test")
Change the cell reference to suit

If you wanted to also vary the ending cell reference, then with that column
number held in A2
=COUNTIF(INDEX(\$1:\$1,\$A\$1):INDEX(\$1:\$1,\$A\$2),"your_test")

--
Regards
Roger Govier

<kwaldman@gmail.com> wrote in message
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to do a COUNTIF, but want to change the range depending on
> a number somewhere else in the spreadsheet. For example, if the number
> is 3, I want to count from C1:G1, but if the number is 4 I want to
> count from D1:G1.
>
> I've used the address function to find out which cell I want to start
> from, and then concatenated that to the end point of the range (this
> never changes). So I'm left with a cell that contains the value of the
> range (C1:G1 or D1:G1) depending upon the number which is input above.
>
> Is it possible to use this cell, which contains the value C1:G1 to
> replace the range in the COUNTIF function?
>
> Thanks very much.

```
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Roger
3/19/2008 10:47:25 AM
```On Mar 19, 11:19 am, Pete_UK <pashu...@auditel.net> wrote:
> Use it with the INDIRECT function, i.e.:
>
> =COUNTIF(INDIRECT(your_cell),condition)
>
> your_cell is the one containing the calculated range.
>
> Hope ths helps.
>
> Pete
>
> On Mar 19, 9:01 am, kwald...@gmail.com wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> > I'm trying to do a COUNTIF, but want to change the range depending on
> > a number somewhere else in the spreadsheet. For example, if the number
> > is 3, I want to count from C1:G1, but if the number is 4 I want to
> > count from D1:G1.
>
> > I've used the address function to find out which cell I want to start
> > from, and then concatenated that to the end point of the range (this
> > never changes). So I'm left with a cell that contains the value of the
> > range (C1:G1 or D1:G1) depending upon the number which is input above.
>
> > Is it possible to use this cell, which contains the value C1:G1 to
> > replace the range in the COUNTIF function?
>
> > Thanks very much.

Pete,
That worked perfectly! Thank you so much, this saved my a lot of
searching.
Kate
```
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kwaldman (2)
3/19/2008 11:56:54 AM
```You're welcome, Kate - thanks for feeding back.

Pete

On Mar 19, 11:56=A0am, kwald...@gmail.com wrote:
> Pete,
> That worked perfectly! Thank you so much, this saved my a lot of
> searching.
> Kate
```
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pashurst (2576)
3/19/2008 12:51:33 PM

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