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Count cells that do not contain specific text in Excel

You can use the COUNTIF function with a wildcard to count the number of cells that contain specific text in a range. On the contrary, it is also easy to use the COUNTIF function to count cells that do not contain specific text. This tutorial provides detailed steps to help solving the problem.


How to count cells that do not contain specific text in Excel?

As the below screenshot shown, to separately count the number of cells in range B3:B11 without the certain text “count” and “blank”, you can do as follows.

Generic Formula

=COUNTIF(range,"<>*txt*")

Arguments

Range (required): The range from which you want to count cells without certain text;

Txt (required): The text or text string you want to exclude when counting cells.

How to use this formula?

1. Select a blank cell to place the result (in this case I select E3).

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the Enter key to get the result.

=COUNTIF(B3:B11,"<>*count*")

Tips: For counting cells without the certain text “blank”, please replace the text “count” with “blank” in the formula.

How these formulas work?

=COUNTIF(B3:B11,"<>*count*")

  • The COUNTIF function is used to count the number of cells that meet a criterion.
  • In this case, "<>*count*" provided as the criteria means that “values that do not contain ‘count’ in any position”.
  • The wildcard character “*” is used as a criterion to match any number of characters.

Notes:

1) If you have already entered the criteria texts into cells, you can directly include the cell reference in the formula, and use the AutoFill Handle to get the other results:

=COUNTIF($B$3:$B$11,"<>*" & D3 & "*")

2) If there are blank cells in the range, they will be counted as well. For ignoring the blank cells, you can apply the following formula.

=COUNTIFS(B3:B11,"<>*count*",B3:B11,"?*")


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