# Count Function In Excel

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## What Is COUNT In Excel?

The

COUNT function in Excelcounts the number of cells containing numerical values within the given range. It always returns an integer value.The

COUNT in Excelis an inbuilt statistical function, so we can insert the formula from the “Function Library” or enter it directly in the worksheet.

For example, enter formula **=COUNT(A1:A5) **in cell** B1 **to get the count of numeric values in the cells **A1 **to** A5**.

The output is shown above, as **3**, because there are 5 values selected, but only 3 are numeric values.

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- In a given dataset, the
**COUNT function in Excel**returns the count of the numeric values. - It counts only the numbers and not the logical values, empty cells, text, or error values when the argument seems to be an array or reference.
- The usage of the COUNT and VBA (VBA Excel COUNT) functions are the same in Excel.
- The COUNTA function is a further extension of the COUNT function. It counts logical values, text, or error values. The COUNTIF function (another extension of the COUNT function) counts the numbers that meet a specified criterion.

### Syntax Of COUNT Excel Formula

The syntax of the **COUNT Excel formula** is,

The arguments of the **COUNT Excel formula** are*,*

It is a mandatory argument. It can range up to 255 values. The value can be a cell reference or a range of values. It is a collection of worksheet cells containing a variety of data, out of which only the cells containing numbers are counted.*value1, ,*…, :

### COUNT Function In Excel Explained in Video

### How To Use COUNT Function In Excel?

We can use the **COUNT Excel function **in 2 ways, namely:

**Access from the Excel ribbon.****Enter in the worksheet manually.**

#### Method #1 - Access from the Excel ribbon

Choose an empty cell for the result → select the “**Formulas**” tab → go to the “**Function Library**” group → click the **“More Functions” **option drop-down → click the “**Statistical**” option right arrow → select the “**COUNT**” function, as shown below.

The **“Function Arguments” **windowappears. Enter the arguments in the **“Value1”, “Value2”, etc.** fields, and click “**OK**”, as shown below.

#### Method #2 - Enter in the worksheet manually

- Select an empty cell for the output.
- Type =
**COUNT**( in the selected cell. COUNTA function to the range of cells**A1:A5**provided in the below table to find the count of the number of cells that are not empty.Select cell

**B1**, enter the formula**=COUNTA(A1:A5),**and press “**Enter**”.The output is shown above. The

**COUNTA****function**counts the number of cells from**A1**through**A5**that contain some data. It returns the value as**4**, as cells A1, A2, A3, and A4 are not empty, and only cell A5 is empty.#### Example #2 - Count the Number of Valid Dates

Let us apply the

**COUNT function**to count the number of valid dates to the range of cells**C3:C8**(shown in the table below).Select cell

**C10**, enter the formula**=COUNT(C3:C8),**and press “**Enter**”.The output is shown above. The range contains dates in different formats. Out of this, only two dates are valid. Hence, the formula returns

**2.**#### Example #3 - Multiple Parameters

Let us apply the

**COUNT formula**to the range of excel cells**C3:C7**(provided in the table below) along with another parameter that is hard-coded with a value of 5.Select cell

**C11**, enter the formula**=COUNTA(C3:C7,5),**and press “**Enter**”.The output is shown above. The number of cells (C3 through C7) with valid numeric values or dates is

**2**, plus 1 for the number 5. Hence the**COUNT formula**returns the result as 3 (cells C5, C6, and the number 5). Note that the date in cell C7 is invalid, and so is not taken into account in the given results.#### Example #4 - Invalid Numbers

Let us apply the

**COUNT formula**to the range of values**B6:B8**(shown in the table below) containing invalid numbers.Select cell

**B12**, enter the formula**=COUNTA(B6:B8),**and press “**Enter**”.The output is shown above. The range does not have any valid number. Hence, the result returned by the formula is 0, indicated in cell B12.

#### Example #5 - Empty Range

Let us apply the COUNT function to the range of values in cells D3:D5, which is an empty range.

Select cell

**D10**, enter the formula**=COUNTA(D3:D5),**and press “**Enter**”.The output is shown above. The given range does not have any numbers, and it is empty. Hence, the result returned by the formula is 0, indicated in cell D10.

### The Characteristics Of The COUNT Function

The features of the

**COUNT Excel function**are listed as follows:- It counts the list of parameters containing the logical values and text representations.
- It does not count the error values or text which cannot be converted into numbers.
- It counts only the numbers and not the logical values, empty cells, text, or error values when the argument seems to be an array or reference.
- A further extension to the COUNT function is the COUNTA function. It counts logical values, text, or error values.
- Another extension of the COUNT function is the COUNTIF function, which counts the numbers that meet a specified criterion.

### Important Things To Note

- Since the
**COUNT function**has other related functions such as**COUNTA, COUNTIF, COUNTBLANK, etc.,**we must ensure we enter the right function name to avoid getting a**“#NAME?”**error. - In a selected cell range, the function ignores the blank cells, non-numeric cells, etc.

### Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

**1. What is the purpose of Excel COUNT function?**The

**COUNT function**provides the count of cells containing numbers within the given range of cells. It also counts numeric values within the list of arguments.

The formula of the**COUNT in excel**is =COUNT(value 1, ,……, and so on).**2. What is the COUNTIF formula?**The

**COUNTIF function**counts cells in a range that meets a single criterion. It counts cells that contain dates, numbers, and text.

The COUNTIF formula in excel is =COUNTIF(range, condition)

Here, the range is a series of cells to count.**3. What is the difference between the COUNT and COUNTA functions in Excel?**The

**COUNT function**is generally used to count a range of cells containing numbers or dates. It excludes blank cells. And the**COUNTA function, w**hichstands for count all, will count the numbers, dates, text, or a range containing a mixture of all these items. It does not count blank cells.### Recommended Articles

This is a guide to the COUNT Function in Excel. Here, we count number of cells with numeric values, COUNTA, COUNTIF, examples & a downloadable template. You may also look at the below useful functions in Excel –

- Example of COUNTIF with Multiple Criteria
- INT Function in Excel (Integer)
- AVERAGE Function in Excel