#### Formula needed: count if cell CONTAINS certain text

```What formula do I need to count the cells that CONTAIN a certain text
(<> equal!)
e.g.
A1 = John
A2 = Pieter
A3 = William

count cells that CONTAIN "i": 2 (A2 and A3)

What (set of) formula should I use? Excel Help doesn't give me the

Wim

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eisingspam (27)
12/7/2005 12:28:36 PM
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```On 7 Dec 2005 04:28:36 -0800, "Wim" <eisingspam@iafrica.com> wrote:

>What formula do I need to count the cells that CONTAIN a certain text
>(<> equal!)
>e.g.
>A1 = John
>A2 = Pieter
>A3 = William
>
>count cells that CONTAIN "i": 2 (A2 and A3)
>
>What (set of) formula should I use? Excel Help doesn't give me the
>
>Wim

=COUNTIF(A1:A10,"*i*")

--ron
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ronrosenfeld (3122)
12/7/2005 12:49:42 PM
```No, that formula only checks whether the cell is exactly the same. In
your suggested situation: only cells that are EQUAL to "i" (the result
in my 3 cells would be 0!), not those cells that CONTAIN "i" (the
result in my 3 cells would be 2!). I hope I make myself clear?
Wim

```
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eisingspam (27)
12/7/2005 1:24:17 PM
```Hi Wim

Did you try Ron's formula?
I think you will find that he has given you an accurate solution to the
question you posed. Go on, just try it and see!!!

Regards

Roger Govier

Wim wrote:
> No, that formula only checks whether the cell is exactly the same. In
> your suggested situation: only cells that are EQUAL to "i" (the result
> in my 3 cells would be 0!), not those cells that CONTAIN "i" (the
> result in my 3 cells would be 2!). I hope I make myself clear?
> Wim
>
```
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roger1272 (620)
12/7/2005 1:41:55 PM
```No you don't make yourself clear, why don't you have the courtesy
of trying the formula first. Don't know if you ever heard of wildcards but
that is what *  is, it means that anything with i in it will be counted
The formula works

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Wim" <eisingspam@iafrica.com> wrote in message
> No, that formula only checks whether the cell is exactly the same. In
> your suggested situation: only cells that are EQUAL to "i" (the result
> in my 3 cells would be 0!), not those cells that CONTAIN "i" (the
> result in my 3 cells would be 2!). I hope I make myself clear?
> Wim
>

```
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terre081 (3244)
12/7/2005 2:08:38 PM
```On 7 Dec 2005 05:24:17 -0800, "Wim" <eisingspam@iafrica.com> wrote:

>No, that formula only checks whether the cell is exactly the same. In
>your suggested situation: only cells that are EQUAL to "i" (the result
>in my 3 cells would be 0!), not those cells that CONTAIN "i" (the
>result in my 3 cells would be 2!). I hope I make myself clear?
>Wim

You obviously did not even bother to try the formula as posted.

In case your eyesight is off:

"i"  is NOT THE SAME AS  "*i*"

Can you tell the difference?  If not, show it to someone knowledgeable.

--ron
```
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ronrosenfeld (3122)
12/7/2005 2:19:14 PM
```Sorry sorry sorry, I hadn't seen your ********. That definitely did the
trick!
Thanks so much!

Again my apologies. (but please no sarcasm next time: "did not even
bother", etc. Was that sarcasm triggered by my phrase "I hope I make
myself clear?". Sorry for that, was not meant to be rude at all.
Perhaps a result of English not being my mother tongue...)

```
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eisingspam (27)
12/14/2005 9:02:24 AM
```On 14 Dec 2005 01:02:24 -0800, "Wim" <eisingspam@iafrica.com> wrote:

>Sorry sorry sorry, I hadn't seen your ********. That definitely did the
>trick!
>Thanks so much!
>
>Again my apologies. (but please no sarcasm next time: "did not even
>bother", etc. Was that sarcasm triggered by my phrase "I hope I make
>myself clear?". Sorry for that, was not meant to be rude at all.
>Perhaps a result of English not being my mother tongue...)

It was triggered by your rejecting the formula without even trying it out.
--ron
```
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ronrosenfeld (3122)
12/19/2005 5:06:10 AM

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