# Count only cells containing 2 given words

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BruNL_2017 Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday March 15, 2017 Status Member Last seen March 17, 2017 - Mar 15, 2017 at 09:40 AM
BruNL_2017 Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday March 15, 2017 Status Member Last seen March 17, 2017 - Mar 17, 2017 at 05:14 AM
Dear friends,
I simply get mad trying and trying again to find the right function that may help me to count out of an array only the cells that contain both given keywords (in this case Mark and Luke).

This is my last try:
=COUNTIF(A2:A18,"*Luke*")+COUNTIF(A2:A18,"*Mark*")-COUNTIF(A2:A18,"*Mark*Luke*")-COUNTIF(A2:A18,"*Luke*Mark*")

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Mazzaropi Posts 1985 Registration date Monday August 16, 2010 Status Contributor Last seen May 24, 2023 147
Mar 16, 2017 at 10:05 AM
BruNL_2017, Good morning.

"...Your function works perfectly only if you substitute FIND with SEARCH:..."
The difference between these functions in Excel is that the FIND is case-sensitive and the SEARCH does not differentiate.
Depending on your data one of them will actually be more suitable for the correct use.

"...Besides, I have found an additional function, much simpler than expected:
=COUNTIF(A2:A18,"*luke*mark*")...
"
Are you sure that this formula is providing the correct result?

If in your data will always appear the word luke before the word mark this formula works.
But if any case appears in different order the words the formula will not count.

This is not the case with the formula I suggested earlier.

I hope it helps.
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Belo Horizonte, Brasil.
Marcílio Lobão
Mazzaropi Posts 1985 Registration date Monday August 16, 2010 Status Contributor Last seen May 24, 2023 147
Mar 15, 2017 at 02:08 PM
BruNL_2017, Good afternoon.

Try to use:

=SUMPRODUCT((ISNUMBER(FIND("luke", A2:A18)))*(ISNUMBER(FIND("mark", A2:A18)))*1)

Please, tell us if it worked for you.
I hope it helps.
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Belo Horizonte, Brasil.
Marcílio Lobão
BruNL_2017 Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday March 15, 2017 Status Member Last seen March 17, 2017
Mar 16, 2017 at 04:49 AM
Dear Mazzaropi,
thank you very much !

Your function works perfectly only if you substitute FIND with SEARCH:

=SUMPRODUCT((ISNUMBER(SEARCH("luke", \$A\$2:\$A\$18)))*(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("mark", \$A\$2:\$A\$18)))*1)

Besides, I have found an additional function, much simpler than expected:

=COUNTIF(A2:A18,"*luke*mark*")

Best regards
BruNL_2017 Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday March 15, 2017 Status Member Last seen March 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017 at 05:14 AM
Dear Mazzaropi,
indeed you are right ! I did not realize the limits of COUNTIF formula as it will not count the revers order of the 2 text strings.

I agree that SEARCH is more flexible and for me that also means is absolutely reliable should I face words not complying with case-sensitive rule.

Your formula is working perfectly, than. I only wonder how to rise the search to 3 words instead of 3.

Thank you very much again for your amazing support.