# How to Count in Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Counting in Google Sheets is a breeze once you grasp a few simple functions. Whether you’re tracking inventory, monitoring survey results, or just keeping tabs on your to-do list, Google Sheets offers a range of tools to help you count your data efficiently. Let’s dive in and explore the steps you’ll need to follow to become a counting pro in no time.

## Step by Step Tutorial on How to Count in Google Sheets

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of counting in Google Sheets, it’s essential to understand what we’re aiming to achieve. We’ll be looking at different functions such as COUNT, COUNTA, COUNTIF, and COUNTIFS, which are designed to count cells based on various criteria. This tutorial will guide you through using these functions to count numbers, non-empty cells, and cells that meet specific conditions.

Open the Google Sheets document you want to work with.

Once you have your Google Sheets document open, you’ll be ready to begin counting. Make sure you know which cells or range of cells you want to count.

### Step 2: Select the cell where you want the count to appear

Click on the cell where you want the counting result to show.

Choosing the right cell for your count result is important because it helps keep your data organized. It’s often best to choose a cell near the data you’re counting for quick reference.

### Step 3: Use the COUNT function for counting numbers

Type =COUNT(range) into the selected cell, replacing ‘range’ with the cell range you want to count.

The COUNT function is perfect when you want to count cells that contain numbers. It will ignore any cell with text or blank cells.

### Step 4: Use the COUNTA function for counting non-empty cells

Type =COUNTA(range) into the selected cell, replacing ‘range’ with the cell range you want to count.

If you need to count all non-empty cells, whether they contain text, numbers, or dates, the COUNTA function is your go-to.

### Step 5: Use the COUNTIF function for counting cells that meet a single condition

Type =COUNTIF(range, criterion) into the selected cell, replacing ‘range’ with the cell range you want to count and ‘criterion’ with the condition that must be met.

The COUNTIF function is handy when you need to count cells that match a specific criterion, such as counting all cells that contain the word "Completed."

### Step 6: Use the COUNTIFS function for counting cells that meet multiple conditions

Type =COUNTIFS(range1, criterion1, range2, criterion2, …) into the selected cell, replacing ‘range’ with the cell ranges and ‘criterion’ with the conditions that must be met.

For more complex counting where cells must meet several criteria, the COUNTIFS function is your best option.

After completing these steps, your selected cell will display the count based on the function and criteria you’ve chosen. You’ll have a clear and accurate tally of the data that matters most to you.

## Tips for Counting in Google Sheets

• Tip 1: Ensure that your ranges are correctly referenced in the functions for an accurate count.
• Tip 2: Use absolute references (like \$A\$1) if you want to copy the count formula to other cells without changing the referenced range.
• Tip 3: Combine COUNTIF or COUNTIFS with other functions such as SUM for more complex calculations.
• Tip 4: Remember that COUNT functions only count numbers; use COUNTA to count cells with any data.
• Tip 5: Use wildcards like asterisks (*) in your COUNTIF or COUNTIFS criteria for partial matches.

### What’s the difference between COUNT and COUNTA?

COUNT only counts cells with numbers, while COUNTA counts all non-empty cells, including those with text or dates.

### Can I count colored cells in Google Sheets?

Google Sheets does not have a built-in function to count colored cells, but you can use scripts or add-ons to achieve this.

### How do I count cells based on color?

You would need to use Google Apps Script or an add-on like "Count by Color" to count cells based on their background color.

### Can I use COUNTIF to count cells that do not meet a condition?

Yes, you can use the "" operator in your criterion, like =COUNTIF(range, "Done") to count cells that do not contain the word "Done."

### Is it possible to count checkboxes in Google Sheets?

Yes, use the COUNTIF function and set the criterion to TRUE or FALSE depending on whether you want to count checked or unchecked boxes.