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Count numbers that begin with a specific number in Excel

To count number of cells containing numbers that begin with a specific number(s) in Excel, you can apply the combination of the SUMPRODUCT and LEFT functions to get it done.

How to count numbers that begin with a specific number in Excel?

As the below screenshot shown, there is a number list in column B, and you want to count the total numbers that begin with number “39”, in this case, the following formula can do you a favor.

Generic Formula



Range: The range of cells contain the numbers to match.
Number: The specific number to count numbers based on.
N: The length of number value.

How to use this formula?

1. Select a blank cell to place the result.

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


Note: In the formula, B3:B11 is the column range contains the numbers you will count, 39 is the given number you will count numbers based on, the number 2 represents the number of characters which to be counted. You can change them as you need.

How this formula works?


  • LEFT(B3:B11,2): The LEFT function extracts the first two digits from the left side of numbers in range B3:B11 and returns an array like this: {"39";"49";"25";"39";"49";"58";"39";"49";"39"}="39".
  • {"39";"49";"25";"39";"49";"58";"39";"49";"39"}="39": Here compare each number in the array with “39”, if match, returns TRUE, otherwise, returns FALSE. You will get an array as {TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE}
  • --({TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE}): These two minus signs convert “TRUE” into 1 and “FALSE” into 0. Here you will get a new array as {1;0;0;1;0;0;1;0;1}.
  • =SUMPRODUCT{1;0;0;1;0;0;1;0;1}: The SUMPRODUCT function sums all numbers in the array and returns the final result as 4.

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Excel SUMPRODUCT function
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Excel LEFT function
The Excel LEFT function extracts the given number of characters from the left side of a supplied string.

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