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Count cells that contain specific text with case sensitive

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2021-08-12

Normally, applying standard functions like COUNTIF or COUNTIFS can’t handle case sensitive. To count cells that contain specific text with case sensitive (exactly match the case text in specified cells), you can apply the combination of the SUMPRODUCT, ISNUMBER and the FIND functions to get it done. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use this formula in details to count the number of cells that contains specific text with case sensitive in a range in Excel.

How to count cells that contain specific text with case sensitive

Please do as follows to count the number of cells that contains specific text with case sensitive in a range in Excel.

Generic Formula



Criteria (required): The text or text string you want to count cells based on;

Criteria_range (required): The range in which you want to count cells with case sensitive.

How to use this formula?

As the below screenshot shown, to count the number of cells in range B3:B9 that contain the text in D3:D5 with case sensitive, please do as follows to get it done.

1. Select a blank cell to output the result (here I select E3).

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the Enter key. Select the result cell, and then drag its AutoFill Handle over the below cells to apply the formula.


How these formulas work?


  • 1. FIND(D3,B3:B9): The FIND function is always case-sensitive. It checks for whether the value (“KTE”) in D3 existing in the specified range (B3:B9), and returns an array: {1,#VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!,1, #VALUE!}.
    In this array, each number 1 represents the corresponding cell in range B3:B9 containing “KTE”, and each #VALUE indicates a cell in range B3:B9 does not contain “KTE”.
  • 2. ISNUMBER{1,#VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!,1, #VALUE!}: The ISNUMBER function returns TURE if meeting numbers in the array, and returns FALSE if meeting errors. Here returns the result as {TRUE,FALSE,FALSE,FALSE,FALSE,TRUE,FALSE}.
  • 3. --{TRUE,FALSE,FALSE,FALSE,FALSE,TRUE,FALSE }: These two minus signs convert “TRUE” into 1 and convert “FALSE” into 0. Here you will get a new array as {1;0;0;0;0;1;0}.
  • 4. =SUMPRODUCT{1;0;0;0;0;1;0}: The SUMPRODUCT sums all number in the array and returns the final result as 2 in this case.

Related functions

Excel SUMPRODUCT function
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Excel ISNUMBER function
The Excel ISNUMBER function returns TRUE when a cell contains a number, and FALSE if not.

Excel FIND function
The Excel FIND function is used to find a string within another string, and returns the starting position of the string inside another one.

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