# COUNTIFS Function not adding multiple results

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
etech0

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

=COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"I*")+COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"P*")

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.
etech0

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To count all that begins with i* or p*
``=COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"i*")+COUNTIF(J6:AM6,"P*")``

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