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COUNTIFS Function not adding multiple results

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I am trying to use the COUNTIFS to state multiple criteria within a range to count.  Can someone look at the attached example and tell me what might be wrong with my formula>  I assume that

=COUNTIFS(J6:AM6,"I*", J6:AM6,"P*")
is going to count all cells in a range begining with I or P.

Additionally, can the Count functions be used to determine what does not meet a criteria such as... count everything in range J6:AM6 except "I*" and "P*"

Thanks,

MC
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Countifs will count all records that fulfill BOTH conditions. To achieve what you need, try this:

=COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"I*")+COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"P*")
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by:MCaliebe
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Thank you.  The help file is missing that statement.

Can you look at my second question..I edited it most likely as you were answering.
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For this one, you'd probably need to use countifs.

Try this:

=COUNTIFS(J6:AM6,"<>I*", J6:AM6,"<>P*")

What it's doing is counting all the records where it doesn't start with I and it doesn't start with P. The rule is that Countifs uses AND, so if you want OR, you need to add (like above).
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by:Shanan212
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To count all that begins with i* or p*
=COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"i*")+COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"P*")

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To count all that does not begin with i* or p*
=COUNTIFS(J6:AM6,"<>i*",J6:AM6,"<>P*")

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by:MCaliebe
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Great explanation.
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Glad to help!
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by:Steve
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you can use SUM(COUNTIF(J6:AM6,{"I*","P*"})) entered with [ctrl]+[shift]+[enter]

then you can put multiple criteria in between the {}.
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