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Is there a LIKE function in Excel

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I have three thousand rows. In one column there is a field that in some instances contains the word "mattress". I want to see how many instances there are.
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Question by:CMChalcraft
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Use COUNTIF.

For example:

=COUNTIF(A1:A100,"mattress") to see how many cells have ONLY the word "mattress" as their values

=COUNTIF(A1:A100,"*mattress*") to see how many cells have the word "mattress" within their values, as well as potentially some other text
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Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
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find or search can find a value inside a word, e.g.

=if(iserror(SEARCH("mattress",A1)),"No","Yes")

If you want to count multiple instances, then you can use the array formula

=SUM(IF(ISERROR(SEARCH("mattress",A:A)),0,1))

and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter instead of pressing Enter (change A:A to your range).

Alternatively, do a filter on that column, and the number of instances will be in the status bar at the bottom.
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by:CMChalcraft
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Thank you. I have used =if(iserror(SEARCH("mattress",A1)),"No","Yes").

This is a spreadsheet a colleague has created and he wants to enter 1 or 0 for each matched instance. I have amended the formula to do this.

Very prompt!

Regards

Chris
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by:Patrick Matthews
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COUNTIF does the exact same thing, without having to resort to an array formula.  Did you even try it?
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by:Glenn Ray
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^ Best solution (COUNTIF).  No helper column needed; inserts the total in one cell; ultimately faster than having several thousand individual formulas returning 1 or 0.
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