asked on # Simplifying Excel Formula: COUNTIFS Formula

Is there a simpler way to write the following:

=SUM(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"1/1/2014",$B$2:$B$22,"1/1/2014")+(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"1/1/2014",$B$2:$B$22,"2/1/2014")+(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"1/1/2014",$B$2:$B$22,"3/1/2014")+(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"2/1/2014",$B$2:$B$22,"2/1/2014")+(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"2/1/2014",$B$2:$B$22,"3/1/2014")+(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"3/1/2014",$B$2:$B$22,"3/1/2014")))))))

The attached is a sample of my spreadsheet. I have dates where people become qualified (QUAL MON) to perform certain tasks and when they are completed (COMP MON). I need to track the number of completed tasks.

EE-COUNTIFS.xlsx

=SUM(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$22,"

The attached is a sample of my spreadsheet. I have dates where people become qualified (QUAL MON) to perform certain tasks and when they are completed (COMP MON). I need to track the number of completed tasks.

EE-COUNTIFS.xlsx

Microsoft Excel

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[hmm I think hgholt may have simplified my text by copyable example - I type slow, you need not]

Thank you - I had not thought of using the date in row 1; I noticed, for example, that you used "<="&G1...where can I learn more about that type of syntax and how to use it? Is the '&' the key? Also, can you explain a little more on point 2: "...combine them..." Do I use for both the range and criteria?

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