Find Number of Populated Cells in an Excel Column

I have an excel spreadsheet that is constantly being updated and I need a formula for determining the number of entries in each column.  Again, I would much prefer a formula rather than a macro.  I don't need to know any values, just the number of populated cells in a column.  Note that there are no null cells in the column so essentially I just need to know the index of the last cell (minus 1 for the header).

Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAsked:
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NorieAnalyst Assistant Commented:

You can use COUNTA to count the no of non-empty cells in a column, subtract 1 to exclude the header.


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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
That would be a simple count then.

There are a number of different count formulas:

=COUNT(Range)   gives count of numeric values
=COUNTA(Range)   gives count of non-blank items

I would suggest you use:

=COUNTA(A:A)-1     where A:A is the column being counted. The -1 allows for the header.
Roy CoxGroup Finance ManagerCommented:
I also, use Conditional Formatting to highlight empty cells if it is essential that all are completed
Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone!
Roy CoxGroup Finance ManagerCommented:
Pleased to help
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