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# Limit COUNTA fn to cells whose formula returns any text

Posted on 2011-02-25
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I have a spreadsheet which contains formulas down column A to pull in names from another spreadsheet column A.  I will refer to the other spreadsheet as [other].  Each cell in column A contains an IF statement =if([other]A1="","",[other]A1).  The spreadsheet column A looks like:

COLUMN A
ROW 1:  Name 1
ROW 2:  Name 2
ROW 3:  Name 3
ROW 4:  Name 4
ROW 5:
ROW 6:

My problem is that at the bottom of column A, I want to count how many names I have, and not include any cells that contain merely the if statement.  A normal COUNTA(A1:A6) will return 6 but I need it to return 4.

How do I limit the COUNTA function in this way?  Or should I be doing it another way?
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COUNT returns '0' because it is looking for numbers, not text.
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Sorry...forgot that you're counting text!
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Patrick Matthews earned 1000 total points
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Try this:

=COUNTIF(A:A,"?*")

That will ignore blanks, zero-length strings, and numbers.
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=COUNTA(A1:A8)-COUNTBLANK(A1:A8)
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Mathewspatrick, that works, but not sure I understand why "?*" does what it does.  Very interesting.

ippinto, that also works.  Alas, Mathewspatrick was slightly quicker on the draw, and his solution is shorter, and thus more elegant.

But thanks to both for your help!
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Agree! I almost got there... :)
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