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(OP)
A friend stopped by with a question earlier and I found him a quick answer but I'm wondering if there is a better answer.

He had a list of text in some excel cells and he wanted to know how  many entries were in the list.

ex:


    A        B
1 Name1      5
2 Name2      17
3
4 Name3      0
5 Name4      10

so in cell a6 he wanted something like =count(a1:a5) but that gives an answer of 0.  He was able to use =count(b1:b5) in this case but I was wondering if there was a diferent way.
Thanks

Tim

RE: Counting text

Hello,

How about this?

=SUMPRODUCT(--(LEN(E1:E39)>0))

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but the best user at this company!

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(OP)
Looks like it would do something.  I understand the LEN()>0 part but what is the -- for?

As promised a star

Tim

RE: Counting text

Hello,

SumProduct needs numbers, while the conditional LEN(Range)>0 results, upon evaluation, in an array of logical values like {TRUE,FALSE,TRUE,...}. The -- bit before the conditional coerces the logical values to Excel's numeric equivalents, that is, TRUE --> 1 and FALSE --> 0.

May I suggest you visit www.mrexcel.com another forum based web site with many excellent Excel users, one of whom came up with this.

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maybe only a drafter
but the best user at this company!

RE: Counting text

How about =counta(a1:a5)

    A    B
1    Name 1    5
2    Name2    17
3        
4    Name3    0
5    Name4    10
    4    

RE: Counting text

(OP)
Thanks both of you.  counta was the solution I was looking for but it is always nice to know more than one way to skin a cat.

Tim

RE: Counting text

Nice solution onlyadrafter.  I saw some of your great posts on that mrexcel.com as well.  

In my book, you are not onlyadrafter but an excel guru as well.

thx.

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RE: Counting text

If you want to count the number of rows that contain text only use =sum(if(istext(A1:A5),1)) and enter as array formula (Ctrl+Shift+Enter).
This formula can be used to find number of rows that are blank,contains errors, have numbers, no text etc by using appropate "is" function.

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