Excel 2010 Tutorial - Count Function

In this video of the Excel 2010 Tutorial series, School of Technology  Program Coordinator, Justin Denton, describes the count function in Microsoft Excel 2010. This tutorial video is a great beginning step to your courses in the School of Technology program at Rasmussen College.

Transcript

Now we get into total items. There's a formula called equals count. And equals count's main purpose is just to count how many values, or how many numbers, or anything in a specific range.

So if I use equals count, and I type that in right next to my total items-- you can delete out what's there or type over it-- and I do equals count, and I can do my open bracket. And once you do your open bracket, you'll see the screen tip appear that looks for value 1, value 2, value 3.

Well, what I want to do is count a given range. I want to count how many given items I have. I can do that by just pulling down on the quantity, because I have a quantity value field for each item. I'll have a range that appears-- B4:B9, which is basically the entire range of those cells. When you have a B4 and then a colon and then B9, it's going to include B5, B6, B7, B8.

After I'm done you, can either hit Enter or end the formula with a closed bracket and then hit Enter. And it'll go ahead and count the number of items, which happens to be 6. We know that, because we can go back up here and go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

And we know it's pretty quick and easy for this one. But when you've got a spreadsheet that's got a couple thousand lines in it, when you use the equal count formula, it's a lot better way than manually counting it.

Now we get into total items. There's a formula called equals count. And equals count's main purpose is just to count how many values, or how many numbers, or anything in a specific range.

So if I use equals count, and I type that in right next to my total items-- you can delete out what's there or type over it-- and I do equals count, and I can do my open bracket. And once you do your open bracket, you'll see the screen tip appear that looks for value 1, value 2, value 3.

Well, what I want to do is count a given range. I want to count how many given items I have. I can do that by just pulling down on the quantity, because I have a quantity value field for each item. I'll have a range that appears-- B4:B9, which is basically the entire range of those cells. When you have a B4 and then a colon and then B9, it's going to include B5, B6, B7, B8.

After I'm done you, can either hit Enter or end the formula with a closed bracket and then hit Enter. And it'll go ahead and count the number of items, which happens to be 6. We know that, because we can go back up here and go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

And we know it's pretty quick and easy for this one. But when you've got a spreadsheet that's got a couple thousand lines in it, when you use the equal count formula, it's a lot better way than manually counting it.

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