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# Count the number of times this is in a column and put result in cell

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How do I do the following in VBA.  I can explain in English what I would like it to do.

Goto column O (letter not zero) of the active sheet, and count the number of times the letter “S” is there.  Place the result in cell A6 even if it is zero.
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Goto column Q and tell if there is a value of “WD” in that column?  If so, place that value in cell A7, if does not exist, leave A7 blank.
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Question by:RWayneH

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Maybe using the CountIF in Excel is a good place to start looking?  If it is Excel, it has a built in feature for this called the =countif command, and then set the range to be counted.
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Mitchell is correct, I think author  can search a word of "countif Excel VBA" in internet, there is a lot tutorial  as following sites , and  he  will get it finally
http://www.techonthenet.com/excel/formulas/countif.php

Duncan
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Agreeing with Mitchell.  Based on the description of the data, it sounds like the entire cell value with either be "S" (for column O) or "WD" (in column Q).  In this case, the following formulas could be inserted in A6 and A7:

A6: =COUNTIF(O:O,"S")
A7: =IF(COUNTIF(Q:Q,"WD")=0,"",COUNTIF(Q:Q,"WD"))

However, if you're looking for occurrences of either value within cells (i.e., part of a larger string of characters), then you'll need different formulas.

Regards,
-Glenn
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ok.. let me throw this around a bit and see if I can get the results to popular within my For Selection loop.
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for some reason I have an "S" in column O that it is not seeing.  Returning 0 ??  and there is a WD in column Q and the result is blank??  Looks like the formulas are not returning the proper result?  What am I doing wrg?
DoesColHaveLetterS.xlsx
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If there is a instance of WD in column Q, it some return the value of "WD" to that cell.  No matter how many times it is there.
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RWayneH,
This is because the values in column O and Q are not trimmed; there are trailing spaces after all values (six characters in column O; nine in column Q).

Change the formulas as follows to account for this:
A6:  =COUNTIF(O:O,"S *")  (<--note extra space after the S!)
A7:  =IF(COUNTIF(Q:Q,"WD*")=0,"",COUNTIF(Q:Q,"WD*"))

Regards,
-Glenn
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How does the formula in A7 chg if I want the result to equal WD?  It is giving me a number.  (original req)
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Nevermind got it..  Looks like this is going to work!!
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Opps not sure if it is working....  the rule for column Q is that the value WD has to exist anywhere in Q.  We are not counting that column..  If it is there, place WD in A7, if not leave it blank.
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I apologize; I didn't read your original instruction properly.  Change the formula for A7 to this:
=IF(COUNTIF(Q:Q,"WD*")=0,"","WD")
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Thanks works great!!
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