Excel is great and summing things up. And then count the number of rows easily. You can watch the step by step video on how to use simple functions in Excel.
In fact, most versions of Excel can even show the SUM, COUNT of a block of cells, in the bottom status bar automatically.
However, there is an issue, if you want to count number of employees, or number of departments, or number of students…
Text values, by default can not be summed by the SUM function, and can not be COUNTED by the Count function in Excel
That’s because Excel is good at adding and counting numbers, and not Text. If you try, you’ll get a ZERO.
Fortunately, the workaround is pretty simple, straight forward and easy to use in Microsoft Excel. And it counts text values with ease.
Instead of COUNT, use the COUNTA function.
So to count the number of employees, you need to say =COUNTA(A5:A15).
And this nifty function will count the number of employees promptly. COUNTA is to count Alphanumeric values – text, strings… or even numbers.
Try it out, and let me know if this helps you… 🙂
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