Count cells that contain numbers

Let's say you want to count only rows that contain numbers and dates in a column that contains a mix of different data types. There are several ways to count cells that contain numbers.

What do you want to do?

Count cells that contain numbers in a contiguous row or column

Count cells that contain numbers that are not in a contiguous row or column


Count cells that contain numbers in a contiguous row or column

  1. Select a cell below or to the right of the numbers that you want to count.
  2. Click the arrow next to the AutoSum Button image on the Standard toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), and then click Count and press ENTER.

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Count cells that contain numbers that are not in a contiguous row or column

To do this task, use the COUNT function.

Example

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

ShowHow to copy an example

  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

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
12/8/2007
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22.44
Formula Description (Result)
=COUNT(A2:A6) Counts number of cells that contain numbers (3) in the list. A date is a number.
=COUNT(A2:A3,A6) Counts number of cells that contain numbers (2), of the top two and bottom cells in the list. A date is a number.

Function details

COUNT

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Applies to:
Excel 2003