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# Count number of instances of a match in two cells

Posted on 2012-09-07
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Hi Experts,

I want to count teh number of instances of a match in two cells for example:

Col A     Col B
Apple    in stock
Apple    in stock
Apple    out of stock
Pear      Out of stock

I want to count the numbers of apples+in stock=2
I think the answer is a sumproduct formula but I can't work out how to form it.

Thank you
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Question by:wisemat
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376043
try
=COUNTIFS(A:A,"Apple",B:B,"in stock")
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376044
or if you really want sumproduct
=SUMPRODUCT((A:A="Apple")*(B:B="in stock"))
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Author Comment

ID: 38376101
Can this be applied accross worsheets?
I've attached an example

Thank you
example1.xls
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376132
Sure can ... are you using Excel 2007 or higher?  countifs() was not available prior to 2007 I think.  I also added the sumproduct.

I added the fruit name column into the formula to show how it doesn't need to be hard coded.
example1.xls
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Author Comment

ID: 38376180
Im so sorry, this just doesnt seem to want to work for me.
(cleaned) relife example I'm working on.  can you take a look

The servers to be onboarded section in the first tab, I tried adapting both formulas and neither work.

A-ha just realised im on Excel 2003, does that mean im stuffed?

Thank you again
example2.xls
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Accepted Solution

ID: 38376213
sumproduct should work in 2003 ... I only have 2007 atm.  It looked fine to me, you didn't change the OS in the second formula.  I changed them to use the cell value for the OS.
example2.xls
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Author Comment

ID: 38376277
Im going to give you the points you have been brilliant and I can see in the example that it works.

Unfortunatley it just wont work for my workbook.  However I dont want to publically post my office documents.

Thanks for the speedy help
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376297
What is the problem you are having ... the formula errors, returns the wrong value ... ??
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Author Comment

ID: 38376343
just says #NUM
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Author Comment

ID: 38376365
It goes wrong as soon as I paste server names into column A of the TAS sheet, doesnt make sense to me
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Author Comment

ID: 38376383
Actually looking at it, to goes as soon as I take the filters off, when I put them back it stays broken, maybe 2003 issue?
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376427
It could be something with 2003 and filters ... wish I had access to v2003 to test it myself.
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Author Comment

ID: 38376478
No problem, thanks
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