Article ID: 100790

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2003

APPLIES TO

- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q100790

## SUMMARY

In Microsoft Excel, you can use the FREQUENCY() function in a SUM(IF()) array formula to count the number of rows in which an item appears within a specified range.

To count how many rows in which a value appears in a specified range, use the following formula

=SUM(IF(FREQUENCY(IF(range=item,ROW(range)), IF(range=item,ROW(range)))>0,1,0))

where "range" is the range that you want to search and "item" is the number or text string you want to find within each row. If you are searching for a text string, include quotation marks around both instances of "item."

NOTE: The formulas discussed in this article must be entered as array formulas by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER in Microsoft Excel for Windows or by pressing COMMAND+ENTER in Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh.

## MORE INFORMATION

For example, to find out how many rows in which "XXX" appears within the following range

A1: XXX B1: XXX C1: XXX A2: YYY B2: XXX C2: XXX A3: DDD B3: DDD C3: YYY A4: XXX B4: YYY C4: DDD

use the following array formula:

=SUM(IF(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:C4="XXX",ROW(A1:C4)), IF(A1:C4="XXX",ROW(A1:C4)))>0,1,0))

This formula returns the value 3, indicating that "XXX" is contained in three rows of the range.

## REFERENCES

"Function Reference," version 4.0, pages 178-179, 364

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