#### Countif and dates???

```I have a 20,000 entry spreadsheet that contains dates in this format
07/04/2010, As you can imagine there are quite a few of these entries
for each month.  I want to count the number of them for a particular
month.  I can't seem to use wildcards for some reason and cant find the

There formula that I would expect to work goes like this: - (ps I am
looking for all the March(03) entries in the column A)
=COUNTIF(A:A, "*/03/8")

This always returns a 0 and I can't see why?

In an ideal would I would like this to count the above AND also
countains the word EXAMPLE in the F:.  I think the second part is much
easier than the first as I can easily use wildcards for searching for
things on their own.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am confused.com!

Scott
```
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4/7/2010 7:30:34 PM
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```maybe this. You may NOT use the entire column and shouldn't for other
formulas.
=sumproduct((year(a2:a22)=2003)*(month(a2:a22)=3)*(f2:f22="example"))

--
Don Guillett
Microsoft MVP Excel
SalesAid Software
dguillett@gmail.com
"Scott" <hot.cakes7@virgin.net> wrote in message
news:t35vn.47423\$Mq2.13672@newsfe30.ams2...
>I have a 20,000 entry spreadsheet that contains dates in this format
>07/04/2010, As you can imagine there are quite a few of these entries for
>each month.  I want to count the number of them for a particular month.  I
>can't seem to use wildcards for some reason and cant find the answer why on
>the net.
>
> There formula that I would expect to work goes like this: - (ps I am
> looking for all the March(03) entries in the column A)
> =COUNTIF(A:A, "*/03/8")
>
> This always returns a 0 and I can't see why?
>
> In an ideal would I would like this to count the above AND also countains
> the word EXAMPLE in the F:.  I think the second part is much easier than
> the first as I can easily use wildcards for searching for things on their
> own.
>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am confused.com!
>
> Scott

```
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Don
4/7/2010 7:45:30 PM
```One way:

=sumproduct(--(text(a1:a10,"yyyymm")="201003"))

Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in xl2007+).

=sumproduct() likes to work with numbers.  The -- stuff changes trues and falses
to 1's and 0's.

Bob Phillips explains =sumproduct() in much more detail here:
http://www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html

And J.E. McGimpsey has some notes at:
http://mcgimpsey.com/excel/formulae/doubleneg.html

Another way is to count the number of dates before the next month and subtract
the number of dates before the month you want:

=countif(a:a,"<"&date(2010,4,1)) - countif(a:a,"<"&date(2010,3,1))

(=countif() can use entire columns in any version of excel)

Scott wrote:
>
> I have a 20,000 entry spreadsheet that contains dates in this format
> 07/04/2010, As you can imagine there are quite a few of these entries
> for each month.  I want to count the number of them for a particular
> month.  I can't seem to use wildcards for some reason and cant find the
> answer why on the net.
>
> There formula that I would expect to work goes like this: - (ps I am
> looking for all the March(03) entries in the column A)
> =COUNTIF(A:A, "*/03/8")
>
> This always returns a 0 and I can't see why?
>
> In an ideal would I would like this to count the above AND also
> countains the word EXAMPLE in the F:.  I think the second part is much
> easier than the first as I can easily use wildcards for searching for
> things on their own.
>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am confused.com!
>
> Scott

--

Dave Peterson
```
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Dave
4/7/2010 7:51:35 PM
```Thanks Don,

point taken on using the entire column.

the first part works a treat but how about a wildcard for the example
part at the end?  For instance human error means that people may
accidentally put just "exam" in or contain a rogue.(fullstop) or
something in the cell.  So maybe I need to change this so that it is a
cell contain "exam" somewhere in the cell?

Many thanks!

Scott

On 07/04/2010 20:45, Don Guillett wrote:
>
> maybe this. You may NOT use the entire column and shouldn't for other
> formulas.
> =sumproduct((year(a2:a22)=2003)*(month(a2:a22)=3)*(f2:f22="example"))
>

```
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Scott
4/7/2010 8:06:28 PM
```try ="exam*"

--
Don Guillett
Microsoft MVP Excel
SalesAid Software
dguillett@gmail.com
"Scott" <hot.cakes7@virgin.net> wrote in message
news:aB5vn.140317\$Vh1.8025@newsfe15.ams2...
> Thanks Don,
>
> point taken on using the entire column.
>
> the first part works a treat but how about a wildcard for the example part
> at the end?  For instance human error means that people may accidentally
> put just "exam" in or contain a rogue.(fullstop) or something in the cell.
> So maybe I need to change this so that it is a cell contain "exam"
> somewhere in the cell?
>
> Many thanks!
>
> Scott
>
> On 07/04/2010 20:45, Don Guillett wrote:
>>
>> maybe this. You may NOT use the entire column and shouldn't for other
>> formulas.
>> =sumproduct((year(a2:a22)=2003)*(month(a2:a22)=3)*(f2:f22="example"))
>>
>

```
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Don
4/7/2010 9:01:30 PM
```No that does not work?

On 07/04/2010 22:01, Don Guillett wrote:
> try ="exam*"
>

```
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Scott
4/7/2010 9:33:48 PM
```)*(left(f2:f22,4)="exam"))

--
Don Guillett
Microsoft MVP Excel
SalesAid Software
dguillett@gmail.com
"Scott" <hot.cakes7@virgin.net> wrote in message
news:%S6vn.381632\$2R.211969@newsfe11.ams2...
> No that does not work?
>
> On 07/04/2010 22:01, Don Guillett wrote:
>> try ="exam*"
>>
>

```
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Don
4/7/2010 10:13:05 PM
```oops.  I missed the Example in column F stuff.

if the cell in column F contains Example (and nothing more):
=sumproduct(--(text(a1:a10,"yyyymm")="201003"),
--(f1:f10="example"))

if the cell in column F starts with Example and may have more stuff in the cell:
=sumproduct(--(text(a1:a10,"yyyymm")="201003"),
--(left(f1:f10,7)="example"))

if the cell in column F can have example anywhere:

=sumproduct(--(text(a1:a10,"yyyymm")="201003"),
--(isnumber(search("example",f1:f10))))

(Use =find() instead of =search() if you want it to be case sensitive)

Dave Peterson wrote:
>
> One way:
>
> =sumproduct(--(text(a1:a10,"yyyymm")="201003"))
>
> Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in xl2007+).
>
> =sumproduct() likes to work with numbers.  The -- stuff changes trues and falses
> to 1's and 0's.
>
> Bob Phillips explains =sumproduct() in much more detail here:
> http://www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html
>
> And J.E. McGimpsey has some notes at:
> http://mcgimpsey.com/excel/formulae/doubleneg.html
>
> Another way is to count the number of dates before the next month and subtract
> the number of dates before the month you want:
>
> =countif(a:a,"<"&date(2010,4,1)) - countif(a:a,"<"&date(2010,3,1))
>
> (=countif() can use entire columns in any version of excel)
>
> Scott wrote:
> >
> > I have a 20,000 entry spreadsheet that contains dates in this format
> > 07/04/2010, As you can imagine there are quite a few of these entries
> > for each month.  I want to count the number of them for a particular
> > month.  I can't seem to use wildcards for some reason and cant find the
> > answer why on the net.
> >
> > There formula that I would expect to work goes like this: - (ps I am
> > looking for all the March(03) entries in the column A)
> > =COUNTIF(A:A, "*/03/8")
> >
> > This always returns a 0 and I can't see why?
> >
> > In an ideal would I would like this to count the above AND also
> > countains the word EXAMPLE in the F:.  I think the second part is much
> > easier than the first as I can easily use wildcards for searching for
> > things on their own.
> >
> > Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am confused.com!
> >
> > Scott
>
> --
>
> Dave Peterson

--

Dave Peterson
```
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Dave
4/7/2010 10:18:57 PM

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