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How to count unique values with blanks in an Excel column?

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For example, there is a list of numbers with duplicates and blank cells in Excel, how can you quickly count the unique values in this list as below screenshot shown?

Count unique numeric cells with blanks by formula

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To count unique numeric cells, you can use this formula:

Select a cell that will put the counting result, enter this formula, =SUMPRODUCT((D2:D13<>"")/COUNTIF(D2:D13,D2:D13&"")), and hold Shift key and press Ctrl + Enter keys to count. See screenshot:
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1. In the formula, D2:D13 is the list range that you want to count unique from.

2. This formula only work for numeric list.

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With Kutools for Excel’s Select Duplicate & Unique Cells utility, you can quickly count and highlight the unique values in a list which includes blank cells.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

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

1. Select the list range you want to count, click Kutools > Select > Select Duplicate & Unique Cells. See screenshot:
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2. In the Select Duplicate &Unique Cells dialog, check All unique (Include 1st duplicates) or Unique values only option as you need, and also you can check Fill backcolor or Fill font color option as you want. See screenshot:
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3. Click Ok, and a dialog pops out to tell you the number of unique values. See screenshot:
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4. Click OK to close dialogs, and now all unique values and one blank cell have been selected and highlighted. See screenshot:
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