#### Using the Question Mark With COUNTIF

Excel 2007

I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.  The
status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?".  I am using the COUNTIF function to
tell me how many of each status is on the list.  For items with a status of
"?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the total number of
items on the list and subtract the sum of the other status values to arrive
at a count of items with an unknown status.  This works fine.

However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with COUNTIF.
I've tried the following:

=COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")

Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a special
syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it literally, I've
played around with different variations using single and double quotes, but
I've been unable to make the formula work.

Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
syntax?

Thanks for any help that you can offer.

--Tom

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The ? character is used as a wildcard to match any single character.
You can use this syntax:

=3DCOUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")

to count the number of ? directly. The tilde symbol, ~, tells Excel to
treat the character that follows as a specific character rather than a
wildcard.

Hope this helps.

Pete

On Jan 21, 7:49=A0pm, "Thomas M." <NoEmailRepl...@Please.com> wrote:
> Excel 2007
>
> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list. =
=A0The
> status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?". =A0I am using the COUNTIF function =
to
> tell me how many of each status is on the list. =A0For items with a statu=
s of
> "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the total number of
> items on the list and subtract the sum of the other status values to arri=
ve
> at a count of items with an unknown status. =A0This works fine.
>
> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with COUNT=
IF.
> I've tried the following:
>
> =A0 =A0 =3DCOUNTIF(D11:D33,"=3D?")
>
> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a special
> syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it literally, I've
> played around with different variations using single and double quotes, b=
ut
> I've been unable to make the formula work.
>
> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
> syntax?
>
> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>
> --Tom

 1
Pete_UK
1/21/2010 8:01:13 PM
>I am curious as to whether or not the "?"
>can be used with COUNTIF.

Yes it can.

Try it like this:

=COUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")

The tilde is an "escape character". It tells Excel to look for the literal
character "?" and not to evaluate it as the wildcard character ?.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP

"Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
news:edzIfLtmKHA.1212@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
> Excel 2007
>
> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.
> The status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?".  I am using the COUNTIF function
> to tell me how many of each status is on the list.  For items with a
> status of "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the total
> number of items on the list and subtract the sum of the other status
> values to arrive at a count of items with an unknown status.  This works
> fine.
>
> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
> COUNTIF. I've tried the following:
>
>    =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")
>
> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a special
> syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it literally, I've
> played around with different variations using single and double quotes,
> but I've been unable to make the formula work.
>
> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
> syntax?
>
> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>
> --Tom
>

 1
T
1/21/2010 8:08:31 PM
Thanks.  That's exactly what I was looking for.  I knew from previous
experience what the general issue was, but just couldn't come up with the
syntax to solve the problem.

--Tom

"Pete_UK" <pashurst@auditel.net> wrote in message
The ? character is used as a wildcard to match any single character.
You can use this syntax:

=COUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")

to count the number of ? directly. The tilde symbol, ~, tells Excel to
treat the character that follows as a specific character rather than a
wildcard.

Hope this helps.

Pete

On Jan 21, 7:49 pm, "Thomas M." <NoEmailRepl...@Please.com> wrote:
> Excel 2007
>
> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.
> The
> status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?". I am using the COUNTIF function to
> tell me how many of each status is on the list. For items with a status of
> "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the total number of
> items on the list and subtract the sum of the other status values to
> arrive
> at a count of items with an unknown status. This works fine.
>
> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
> COUNTIF.
> I've tried the following:
>
> =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")
>
> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a special
> syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it literally, I've
> played around with different variations using single and double quotes,
> but
> I've been unable to make the formula work.
>
> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
> syntax?
>
> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>
> --Tom

 0
Thomas
1/21/2010 11:13:41 PM
Thanks for the information.  I knew it was something like that because way
back when I was basically an expert in early versions of Excel, I had dealt
with similar issues.  So I knew generally what the issue was, but couldn't
find the right syntax.  Thanks for the help.

--Tom

"T. Valko" <biffinpitt@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:ORvTBWtmKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
> >I am curious as to whether or not the "?"
>>can be used with COUNTIF.
>
> Yes it can.
>
> Try it like this:
>
> =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")
>
> The tilde is an "escape character". It tells Excel to look for the literal
> character "?" and not to evaluate it as the wildcard character ?.
>
> --
> Biff
> Microsoft Excel MVP
>
>
> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
> news:edzIfLtmKHA.1212@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>> Excel 2007
>>
>> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.
>> The status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?".  I am using the COUNTIF
>> function to tell me how many of each status is on the list.  For items
>> with a status of "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the
>> total number of items on the list and subtract the sum of the other
>> status values to arrive at a count of items with an unknown status.  This
>> works fine.
>>
>> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
>> COUNTIF. I've tried the following:
>>
>>    =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")
>>
>> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a special
>> syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it literally, I've
>> played around with different variations using single and double quotes,
>> but I've been unable to make the formula work.
>>
>> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
>> syntax?
>>
>> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>>
>> --Tom
>>
>
>

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Thomas
1/21/2010 11:15:18 PM
The same technique applies when wanting to count the * (asterisk) character.
The * is also a wildcard.

=COUNTIF(range,"~*")

It can get kind of confusing!

If you had some weird data entries like ~*, then:

=COUNTIF(range,"~~~*")

That's 3 tildes asterisk.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP

"Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
news:e6y%23Z%23umKHA.6096@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for the information.  I knew it was something like that because way
> back when I was basically an expert in early versions of Excel, I had
> dealt with similar issues.  So I knew generally what the issue was, but
> couldn't find the right syntax.  Thanks for the help.
>
> --Tom
>
> "T. Valko" <biffinpitt@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:ORvTBWtmKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>> >I am curious as to whether or not the "?"
>>>can be used with COUNTIF.
>>
>> Yes it can.
>>
>> Try it like this:
>>
>> =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")
>>
>> The tilde is an "escape character". It tells Excel to look for the
>> literal character "?" and not to evaluate it as the wildcard character ?.
>>
>> --
>> Biff
>> Microsoft Excel MVP
>>
>>
>> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
>> news:edzIfLtmKHA.1212@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>> Excel 2007
>>>
>>> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.
>>> The status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?".  I am using the COUNTIF
>>> function to tell me how many of each status is on the list.  For items
>>> with a status of "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the
>>> total number of items on the list and subtract the sum of the other
>>> status values to arrive at a count of items with an unknown status.
>>> This works fine.
>>>
>>> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
>>> COUNTIF. I've tried the following:
>>>
>>>    =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")
>>>
>>> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a
>>> special syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it
>>> literally, I've played around with different variations using single and
>>> double quotes, but I've been unable to make the formula work.
>>>
>>> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
>>> syntax?
>>>
>>> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>>>
>>> --Tom
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

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T
1/21/2010 11:56:57 PM
You're welcome, Tom - thanks for feeding back.

Pete

On Jan 21, 11:13=A0pm, "Thomas M." <NoEmailRepl...@Please.com> wrote:
> Thanks. =A0That's exactly what I was looking for. =A0I knew from previous
> experience what the general issue was, but just couldn't come up with the
> syntax to solve the problem.
>
> --Tom
>
> "Pete_UK" <pashu...@auditel.net> wrote in message
>
> The ? character is used as a wildcard to match any single character.
> You can use this syntax:
>
> =3DCOUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")
>
> to count the number of ? directly. The tilde symbol, ~, tells Excel to
> treat the character that follows as a specific character rather than a
> wildcard.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Pete
>
> On Jan 21, 7:49 pm, "Thomas M." <NoEmailRepl...@Please.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Excel 2007
>
> > I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.
> > The
> > status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?". I am using the COUNTIF function t=
o
> > tell me how many of each status is on the list. For items with a status=
of
> > "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the total number of
> > items on the list and subtract the sum of the other status values to
> > arrive
> > at a count of items with an unknown status. This works fine.
>
> > However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
> > COUNTIF.
> > I've tried the following:
>
> > =3DCOUNTIF(D11:D33,"=3D?")
>
> > Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a speci=
al
> > syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it literally, I've
> > played around with different variations using single and double quotes,
> > but
> > I've been unable to make the formula work.
>
> > Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
> > syntax?
>
> > Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>
> > --Tom- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

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Pete_UK
1/22/2010 12:28:19 AM
> If you had some weird data entries like ~*, then:

> =COUNTIF(range,"~~~*")

> That's 3 tildes asterisk.

It will do with 2 tildes asterisk

"T. Valko" wrote:

> The same technique applies when wanting to count the * (asterisk) character.
> The * is also a wildcard.
>
> =COUNTIF(range,"~*")
>
> It can get kind of confusing!
>
> If you had some weird data entries like ~*, then:
>
> =COUNTIF(range,"~~~*")
>
> That's 3 tildes asterisk.
>
> --
> Biff
> Microsoft Excel MVP
>
>
> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
> news:e6y%23Z%23umKHA.6096@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> > Thanks for the information.  I knew it was something like that because way
> > back when I was basically an expert in early versions of Excel, I had
> > dealt with similar issues.  So I knew generally what the issue was, but
> > couldn't find the right syntax.  Thanks for the help.
> >
> > --Tom
> >
> > "T. Valko" <biffinpitt@comcast.net> wrote in message
> > news:ORvTBWtmKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
> >> >I am curious as to whether or not the "?"
> >>>can be used with COUNTIF.
> >>
> >> Yes it can.
> >>
> >> Try it like this:
> >>
> >> =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")
> >>
> >> The tilde is an "escape character". It tells Excel to look for the
> >> literal character "?" and not to evaluate it as the wildcard character ?.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Biff
> >> Microsoft Excel MVP
> >>
> >>
> >> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
> >> news:edzIfLtmKHA.1212@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
> >>> Excel 2007
> >>>
> >>> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the list.
> >>> The status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?".  I am using the COUNTIF
> >>> function to tell me how many of each status is on the list.  For items
> >>> with a status of "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take the
> >>> total number of items on the list and subtract the sum of the other
> >>> status values to arrive at a count of items with an unknown status.
> >>> This works fine.
> >>>
> >>> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
> >>> COUNTIF. I've tried the following:
> >>>
> >>>    =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")
> >>>
> >>> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a
> >>> special syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it
> >>> literally, I've played around with different variations using single and
> >>> double quotes, but I've been unable to make the formula work.
> >>>
> >>> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
> >>> syntax?
> >>>
> >>> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
> >>>
> >>> --Tom
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>
> .
>
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Utf
1/22/2010 3:19:01 AM
>>If you had some weird data entries like ~*
>It will do with 2 tildes asterisk

Try it on this data:

A1: ~
A2: ~*
A3: ~~*
A4: *

=COUNTIF(range,"~~*") = 3

The 1st tilde tells it to evaluate the 2nd tilde as the literal tilde
character. The asterisk is being evaluated as a wildcard. So, it means:
count cells that contain a tilde character followed by anything or nothing.

=COUNTIF(range,"~~~*") = 1 (counting only A2 as it should)

The 1st tilde tells it to evaluate the 2nd tilde as the literal tilde
character and not an "escape character". The 3rd tilde tells it to evaluate
the asterisk as the literal asterisk character and not a wildcard.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP

"Teethless mama" <Teethlessmama@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CE8C6BCA-1155-48C2-9383-01D23403A143@microsoft.com...
>> If you had some weird data entries like ~*, then:
>
>> =COUNTIF(range,"~~~*")
>
>> That's 3 tildes asterisk.
>
> It will do with 2 tildes asterisk
>
>
>
> "T. Valko" wrote:
>
>> The same technique applies when wanting to count the * (asterisk)
>> character.
>> The * is also a wildcard.
>>
>> =COUNTIF(range,"~*")
>>
>> It can get kind of confusing!
>>
>> If you had some weird data entries like ~*, then:
>>
>> =COUNTIF(range,"~~~*")
>>
>> That's 3 tildes asterisk.
>>
>> --
>> Biff
>> Microsoft Excel MVP
>>
>>
>> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
>> news:e6y%23Z%23umKHA.6096@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> > Thanks for the information.  I knew it was something like that because
>> > way
>> > back when I was basically an expert in early versions of Excel, I had
>> > dealt with similar issues.  So I knew generally what the issue was, but
>> > couldn't find the right syntax.  Thanks for the help.
>> >
>> > --Tom
>> >
>> > "T. Valko" <biffinpitt@comcast.net> wrote in message
>> > news:ORvTBWtmKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>> >> >I am curious as to whether or not the "?"
>> >>>can be used with COUNTIF.
>> >>
>> >> Yes it can.
>> >>
>> >> Try it like this:
>> >>
>> >> =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"~?")
>> >>
>> >> The tilde is an "escape character". It tells Excel to look for the
>> >> literal character "?" and not to evaluate it as the wildcard character
>> >> ?.
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Biff
>> >> Microsoft Excel MVP
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:edzIfLtmKHA.1212@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>> >>> Excel 2007
>> >>>
>> >>> I have a small table that shows me the status of each item on the
>> >>> list.
>> >>> The status can be "Y", "N", "NA", or "?".  I am using the COUNTIF
>> >>> function to tell me how many of each status is on the list.  For
>> >>> items
>> >>> with a status of "?", which denotes an unknown status, I simply take
>> >>> the
>> >>> total number of items on the list and subtract the sum of the other
>> >>> status values to arrive at a count of items with an unknown status.
>> >>> This works fine.
>> >>>
>> >>> However, I am curious as to whether or not the "?" can be used with
>> >>> COUNTIF. I've tried the following:
>> >>>
>> >>>    =COUNTIF(D11:D33,"=?")
>> >>>
>> >>> Figuring that the question mark is a special character and that a
>> >>> special syntax might be needed in order make Excel interpret it
>> >>> literally, I've played around with different variations using single
>> >>> and
>> >>> double quotes, but I've been unable to make the formula work.
>> >>>
>> >>> Is it possible to use "?" with COUNTIF, and if so what is the correct
>> >>> syntax?
>> >>>
>> >>> Thanks for any help that you can offer.
>> >>>
>> >>> --Tom
>> >>>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>> .
>>

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T
1/22/2010 4:13:50 AM

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Can't use on a cell that "sums" with arithmetic operators "+". Is there a workaround, etc.? a bit more explanation? -- Don Guillett SalesAid Software donaldb@281.com "DLC" <dlcopesr@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:117v954kaf4s2f6@corp.supernews.com... > Can't use on a cell that "sums" with arithmetic operators "+". Is there a > workaround, etc.? > > ...

Using INDIRECT within functions
I learned a bit from JLathman in a previous post but tried to use the same methodology with this formula (also learned from this Group to get the last entered value in a column) without much luck. The original formula was this with 2009 sheet being static: =LOOKUP(2,1/('2009'!H3:H65536<>""),'2009'!H3:H65536) Trying to make it dynamic I tried the following without success: =LOOKUP(INDIRECT("2,1/(" & O1 & "!\$H\$3:\$H\$65536<>"")," & O1 & "!\$H\$3:\$H\$65536)")) Did I miss something or are...

HQ Licensing question V.2
I have a client running HQ client at 8 stores + HQ server at the warehouse. They would like to be able to use transfers from the warehouse to the stores, so I would have to setup a new PC running Store Ops and a new database, however, in order for the transfers to take place, I need a HQ Client License correct? Do I also need a POS key? I appreciate any insights you may have. Thanks in advance Hi Phil yes - you'll need an HQ Client license so it can exchange with your headquarters - "export" the wh database as you would any store from HQ no - you won't need a PO...

MS Project 2007 question

How to use count for calls per hour
I am trying to create a pivot table and chart that will show me the # of calls per hour by day for a range of dates Aug 1 - Sept 19. My data looks like this where each line is the date and time of the call: How do I get a count of the # of the calls per hour by day? 8/1/08 12:48 AM 8/1/08 1:53 AM 8/1/08 2:36 AM 8/1/08 3:24 AM 8/1/08 3:37 AM 8/1/08 4:04 AM 8/1/08 4:44 AM 8/1/08 4:55 AM 8/1/08 4:58 AM 8/1/08 7:02 AM 8/1/08 7:28 AM 8/1/08 7:43 AM 8/1/08 7:47 AM 8/1/08 7:56 AM 8/1/08 7:58 AM 8/1/08 8:13 AM 8/1/08 8:33 AM 8/1/08 9:07 AM 8/1/08 10:28 AM 8/1/08 10:38 AM 8/1/08 10:44 AM 8/1/08 ...

How export all mailbox-enabled users from the GAL using Outlook?
Hello, We have a user which, for administrative reasons, needs to export all mailbox-enabled users in the GAL now and then. They just need all the names. Is there a straightforward way for them to do that? We don't want to give them any special permissions and want to avoid server scripting. Ideally, they should be able to export it to a CSV file or any text file. Thanks, - Alan. Alan wrote: > We have a user which, for administrative reasons, needs to export all > mailbox-enabled users in the GAL now and then. They just need all the > names. Is there a straightforward way fo...

SQL 2008 running on a VM using all allocated memory
Hi, I've got a sql2008 server running on a VM. There's 9GB of physical RAM, which 7GB have been allocated to SQL Server. But when i look at task manager, i see that the SQL server is actually using all 7GB, which is pegging the memory usage of the overal box at above 90% used. We're mostly a sql2005 shop, and none of those servers are doing this. I have sql2005 running on VM's, someone actual servers as a named or default instance, and some even clustered. None of them have this problem. Is this a normal thing with sql2008 only? Any insight would be greatly appre...

Combo Box initial values question
Does anyone know how to make a combo box show a value when a sheet opens? Mine are always blank when I open them until I select a value. thanks tp Hi Teepee, Try something like: Me.ComboBox1.ListIndex = 0 --- Regards, Norman "teepee" <teepee@noemail.com> wrote in message news:4645ed29\$1@newsgate.x-privat.org... > Does anyone know how to make a combo box show a value when a sheet opens? > Mine are always blank when I open them until I select a value. > > thanks > > tp > > thanks for trying. says 'invalid use of me keyword.&...

Hopefully Simple VBA questions
Using VBA, I want to go row-by-row and get the values from certain cell in each row so I can run some tests on them, then put the result of th tests back in certain cells. This is how I am set up so far, can you help me with my questions i CAPS below?: Sub Example() Dim i As Long, c1 As Long, c2 As Long c1 = 0 c2 = 0 For i = 1 To 120 (HOW DO I MAKE THIS DYNAMIC TO INCLUDE NEW ROW AS THEY ARE ADDED?) If Cells(i, 2).Value Then 'start flag is true (HOW DO I MAK VBA GO TO A DIFFERENT WORKSHEET WITH THE Cells(I,2).Value STATEMENT? If Cells(i, 1).Value = "E" Then c1 = c1 + 1 E...

Anyone use Promys CRM software integrated with GP Dynamics?
Our company is considering using Promys as a CRM to create quotes and sales orders for the sales team. I am concerned about the integration with GP and what the pitfalls may be. Is anyone here currently using Promys with GP Dynamics? ...