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Count how many cells contain errors in a range in Excel

This tutorial shows how to count the number of cells that contains errors (any kind of errors, such as #N/A error, #VALUE! error or #DIV/0! error) in a specified range in Excel.

Count cells contain errors with SUMPRODUCT function
Count cells contain errors with SUM function


Count cells contain errors with SUMPRODUCT function

As the below screenshot shown, to count how many cells contain errors in B3:B9, you can apply the SUMPRODUCT function along with the ISERR function wrapped in.

Generic Formula

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISERROR(range))

Arguments

Range (required): The range from which you want to count cells that contain errors.

How to use this formula?

1. Select a blank cell such as D3 in this case.

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

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISERROR(B3:B9))

How these formulas work?

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISERROR(B3:B9))

  • 1. ISERROR(B3:B9): The ISERROR function returns TRUE when a cell in range B3:B9 contains an error, and returns FALSE if not. It finally returns an array {FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE} which means that only the second and the fifth cell contain error values in the range.
  • 2. --{FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE}: These two minus signs convert “TRUE” into 1 and convert “FALSE” into 0. Here you will get a new array as {0;1;0;0;1;0;0}.
  • 3. SUMPRODUCT{0;1;0;0;1;0;0}: The SUMPRODUCT function sums all number in the array and returns the final result as 2.

Count cells contain errors with SUM function

The SUM function can also help to count error cells in a range, you can do as follows.

Generic Formula

{=SUM(--ISERROR(range))}

Arguments

Range (required): The range from which you want to count cells that contain errors.

Note: This formula must be entered as an array formula. After applying the formula, if there are curly brackets wrapped around the formula, it means that an array formula is successfully created.

How to use this formula?

1. Select a blank cell such as D3 in this case.

2. Enter the below formula into it, and then press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the result.

=SUM(--ISERROR(B3:B9))

How these formulas work?

=SUM(--ISERROR(B3:B9))

  • 1. ISERROR(B3:B9): The ISERROR function returns TRUE when a cell in range B3:B9 contains an error, and returns FALSE if not. It finally returns an array {FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE} which means that only the second and the fifth cell contain error values in the range.
  • 2. --{FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE;TURE;FALSE;FALSE}: These two minus signs convert “TRUE” into 1 and convert “FALSE” into 0. Here you will get a new array as {0;1;0;0;1;0;0}.
  • 3. SUM{0;1;0;0;1;0;0}: The SUM function sums all number in the array and returns the final result as 2.

Related functions

Excel SUMPRODUCT function
The Excel COUNTBLANK function can be used to multiply two or more columns or arrays together, and then get the sum of products.

Excel ISERROR function
The ISERROR function checks whether a value is an error and returns TRUE or FALSE.

Excel SUM function
The SUM function adds values.


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