# COUNT

Counts the number of cells that contain numbers and counts numbers within the list of arguments. Use COUNT to get the number of entries in a number field that is in a range or array of numbers.

Syntax

COUNT(value1,value2,...)

Value1, value2, ...     are 1 to 30 arguments that can contain or refer to a variety of different types of data, but only numbers are counted.

Remarks

• Arguments that are numbers, dates, or text representation of numbers are counted.
• Logical values and text representations of numbers that you type directly into the list of arguments are counted.
• Arguments that are error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers are ignored.
• If an argument is an array or reference, only numbers in that array or reference are counted. Empty cells, logical values, text, or error values in the array or reference are ignored.
• If you want to count logical values, text, or error values, use the COUNTA function.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
2. Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help
1. Press CTRL+C.
2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
3. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
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Data
Sales
12/8/2008

19
22.24
TRUE
#DIV/0!
Formula Description (Result)
=COUNT(A2:A8) Counts the number of cells that contain numbers in the list above (3)
=COUNT(A5:A8) Counts the number of cells that contain numbers in the last 4 rows of the list (2)
=COUNT(A2:A8,2) Counts the number of cells that contain numbers in the list, and the value 2 (4)

Applies to:
Excel 2003