Excel count entries in a column based on mutiple column criteria

Just trying to learn something new.  I'm pretty sure I can solve this with concat(), or creating extra columns.  I can also do it with a pivot table.  But I'd like to know what other options are out there.  

I want to count entries in a range that contains text - not too sure if that part matters?.  For example:

D2:D1000 (contains text)

I want to count the cells in that range if their value is "example_d", AND if the value in column C is "example_c, AND if the value in column B is "example_b", AND if the value in column A is....you get the idea...

So basically count the cells in that range, based on criteria for that column, as well as criteria for 3 other columns.  Without using a pivot table, creating new columns, or vba  (=

Thanks!
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cyberkiwiCommented:
=COUNTIFS(D2:D1000,"example_d",C2:C1000,"example_c",B2:B1000,"example_b", A2:A1000,"example_a")
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TelMacoAuthor Commented:
Grade A for speed and simplicity.

Thanks!
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