COUNTA

Counts the number of cells that are not empty and the values within the list of arguments. Use COUNTA to count the number of cells that contain data in a range or array.

Syntax

COUNTA(value1,value2,...)

Value1, value2, ...     are 1 to 30 arguments representing the values you want to count.

Remarks

  • A value is any type of information, including error values and empty text (""). A value does not include empty cells.
  • If an argument is an array or reference, only values in that array or reference are used. Empty cells and text values in the array or reference are ignored.
  • If you do not need to count logical values, text, or error values, use the COUNT function.

Example

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

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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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Formula Description (Result)
=COUNTA(A2:A8) Counts the number of nonblank cells in the list above (6)
=COUNTA(A5:A8) Counts the number of nonblank cells in the last 4 rows of the list (4)
=COUNTA(A1:A7,2) Counts the number of nonblank cells in the list above and the value 2 (7)
=COUNTA(A1:A7,"Two") Counts the number of nonblank cells in the list above and the value "Two" (7)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003