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How to count if cells are start with or end with specific text in Excel?

Supposing you have a range of data and you want to count the number of cells which start with “kte” or end with “kte” in a worksheet. Here I introduce some tricks instead of manual counting for you.

Countif cells start with or end with specific text with formula

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Countif cells start with or end with specific text with formula

Here I tell you some formulas to count cells which start with or end with a specific text in a specified range.

Suppose you have a list of data as below screenshot shown:

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Count if cells are starting with specific text

1. Select a cell next to the list, and type this formula =IF(LEFT(A1,3)="kte","YES","NO"), press Enter key, then drag fill handle over the cells needed to apply this formula, and YES indicates the cell next to the formula is starting with “kte”. See screenshot:

Tip: In above formula, A1 is the cell needed to apply formula, kte is the criteria, and 3 is the number of characters of kte.

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2. Then you just need to count the number of cells which contain YES. Select a blank cell and type this formula =COUNTIF($C$1:$C$10,"YES") and press Enter key to get the counting result.

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Count if cells are ending with specific text

1. Select a cell next to the list, and type this formula =IF(RIGHT(A1,3)="kte","YES","NO"), press Enter key, then drag fill handle over the cells needed to apply this formula, and YES indicates the cell next to the formula is start with kte. See screenshot:

Tip: In above formula, A1 is the cell needed to apply formula, kte is the criteria, and 3 is the number of characters of kte.

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2. Then you just need to count the number of cells which contain YES. Select a blank cell and type this formula =COUNTIF($C$1:$C$10,"YES") and press Enter key to get the counting result.

Above formulas can count cells that start or end with specified text easily in one range. however, if you need to count cells which stay in different ranges, you have to repeat applying the formulas for many times. In this case, let’s move to next method.


Count and select cells start with or end with specific text with Select Specific Cells

If you want to count and highlight the cells which start or end with a specific text, you can apply Kutools for Excel’s Select Specific Cells utility.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 120 handy Excel functions, enhance your working efficiency and save your working time.

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the data range and click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells. See screenshot:

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2. In the popping dialog, select Cell in the Selection type section, select Begins with or Ends with as you need from the list of Specific type, and type kte in next text box. See screenshot:

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3. Click Ok and a dialog pops out to remind you the counting result, and click OK to select these cells.

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Tip:

If you want to select and count cells which start with “k” and end with “e” simultaneously, you can do as below:

1. Select data range and enable Select Specific Cells dialog, check And option, and select Begins with in first list, and type k in next box, and select Ends with in second list, and type e in the box. See screenshot:

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2. Click Ok, and a dialog pops out to tell you the counting result and the cells are highlighted.

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Click here to know more about Select Specific Cells.

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    Nazrul · 5 months ago
    Is it possible to do the same, but compare it with a list of values in a range, rather than hard coding "kte" in example above? Thanks
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    sunil · 1 years ago
    Helpful article!