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Count number of rows that contain specific values in Excel

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2021-09-22

It may be easy for us to count the number of cells with specific value in an Excel worksheet. However, to get the number of rows that contain specific values could be rather complicated. In this case, a more complex formula based on the SUM, MMULT, TRANSPOSE and COLUMN functions may do you a favor. This tutorial will talk about how to create this formula to deal with this job in excel.

Count number of rows that contain specific values

For instance, you have a range of values in a worksheet, and now, you need to count the number of rows with a given value “300” as below screenshot shown:

To get the number of rows that contain specific values, the generic syntax is:

Array formula, should press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together.
  • data: The range of cells to check if contain the specific value;
  • X: The specific value you use to count the rows.

1. Please enter or copy the below formula into a blank cell where you want to put the result:


2. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the correct result, see screenshot:

Explanation of the formula:


  • --$A$2:$C$12=300: This expression checks if the value “300” exists in the range A2:C12, and will generate a TRUE and False array result. The double negative sign is used to convert the TRUEs to 1s, and FALSEs to 0s. So, you will get the result as this: {0,0,0;1,0,0;0,0,0;0,1,1;0,0,0;0,1,0;0,0,0;1,0,0;0,0,1;0,0,0;1,1,1}. The array consisting of 11 rows and 3 columns will work as the array1 in the MMULT function.
  • TRANSPOSE(COLUMN($A$2:$C$12)): The COLUMN function here is used to get the column number of the range A2:C12, it returns a 3-column array like this: {1,2,3}. And then the TRANSPOSE function swaps this array to a 3-row array {1;2;3}, functioning as the array2 within the MMULT function.
  • MMULT(--($A$2:$C$12="Joanna"),TRANSPOSE(COLUMN($A$2:$C$12))): This MMULT function returns the matrix product of the above two arrays, you will get the result as this: {0;1;0;5;0;2;0;1;3;0;6}.
  • SUM(--(MMULT(--($A$2:$C$12="Joanna"),TRANSPOSE(COLUMN($A$2:$C$12)))>0))= SUM(--{0;1;0;5;0;2;0;1;3;0;6}>0): First, check for the values in the array greater than 0: If a value is greater than 0, a TRUE is displayed; if less than 0, a FALSE is displayed. And then the double negative sign forces the TRUEs and FALSEs to be 1s and 0s, so you will get this: SUM({0;1;0;1;0;1;0;1;1;0;1}). Finally, the SUM function sums the values in the array to return the result: 6.


If you need to count the number of rows that contain a specific text in a worksheet, please apply the below formula, and remember to press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the total count:


Relative function used:

  • SUM:
  • The Excel SUM function returns the sum of values supplied.
  • MMULT:
  • The Excel MMULT function returns the matrix product of two arrays.
  • The TRANSPOSE function will return an array in a new orientation based on a certain range of cells.
  • The COLUMN function returns the number of column which formula appears or returns the column number of given reference.

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