# COUNTIF

The COUNTIF formula counts the number of cells within a specified range that meet a certain criterion. This formula is commonly used to count cells that meet a specific condition or criteria.

## Usage

Use the COUNTIF formula with the syntax shown below, it has 2 required parameters:

Parameters:
1. range (required):
The range of cells to count.
2. criterion (required):
The condition or criteria used to determine which cells to count.

## Examples

Here are a few example use cases that explain how to use the COUNTIF formula in Google Sheets.

### Counting cells that meet a specific criteria

You can use COUNTIF to count cells that meet a specific criteria, such as counting the number of cells that contain a specific word or value.

### Counting cells that fall within a certain range

You can use COUNTIF to count cells that fall within a certain range, such as counting the number of cells that contain a value between two numbers.

### Counting cells based on multiple criteria

You can use COUNTIF to count cells based on multiple criteria, such as counting the number of cells that contain a specific word or value in one column and a different word or value in another column.

## Common Mistakes

COUNTIF not working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the COUNTIF Google Sheets Formula:

### Incorrect range format

One common mistake is to use an incorrect range format. The range must include the cells to be counted, for example A1:A10. Make sure the range is valid and includes the cells you want to count.

### Incorrect criterion format

Another mistake is to use an incorrect criterion format. The criterion is the condition to be met, for example '>5'. Make sure the criterion is valid and matches the values in the range.

### Mismatched range and criterion

A common mistake is to use a range and criterion that do not match. For example, if the range contains text and the criterion is a number, the formula will not work. Make sure the range and criterion match.

### Wrong function name

Another mistake is to use the wrong function name. Make sure you are using the COUNTIF function and not a similar function like COUNT or SUMIF.

### Missing or extra parentheses

A common mistake is to forget a parenthesis or add an extra one. Make sure the formula has the correct number of parentheses and they are in the right place.

The following functions are similar to COUNTIF or are often used with it in a formula:

• COUNTIFS

The COUNTIFS function counts the number of cells in a range that meet multiple criteria. It is commonly used to analyze data sets and filter out specific information based on selected criteria.

• SUMIF

The SUMIF formula is used to add up values in a range that meet a specific criterion. It can be used to sum values based on text, numbers, or dates. The formula is most commonly used in financial analysis, budgeting, and data analysis.

• AVERAGEIF

The AVERAGEIF function calculates the average of a range of cells that meet a specified criteria. It is commonly used when working with large datasets to quickly calculate the average of a subset of data. The function takes a range of cells to evaluate (criteria_range), a string or value to compare against (criterion), and an optional range of cells to average (average_range). If the average_range is not specified, the function will use the same range as the criteria_range.