In this article, you will learn what the COUNTA function is and how to use it in Google Sheets. The COUNTA formula is beneficial when you want to count the number of cells containing all types of values - texts, dates, times, and numbers.
The general syntax is as follows:
Value1: This argument should be a cell, range, or array.
Value2: If you need to select other ranges, you can add as value2, value3, ….
Look at the example in the following screenshot. The eight cells are in the formula range, and the COUNTA formula returns seven. This is because it doesn’t count the number of a completely blank cell.
COUNTA stands for “count all”.The difference is that the COUNTA counts everything, including numbers, texts, dates, and times whereas the COUNT counts only numeric values, including dates and times. They are in common that they don’t count the number of blank cells.
The following picture shows the comparison of the two formulas. Both functions refer to the range of the eight cells as “value”. The check marks on the right hand of the table mean the formulas consider them countable values.
If you want to count the number of entirely blank cells, you can use the COUNTBLANK function.
The COUNTIF function is the formula that helps you count the number of values that meet a particular criterion. If you have more than one condition, you need to use the COUNTIFS function. On the other hand, you can’t set up requirements for the COUNTA function.
If you don’t get the right answer to your question in this article or you have other questions related to mathematics or statistics, you may find the answers in the following articles.
Go to the following articles if you want to learn basic formulas in Google Sheets.
Navigate to the pages below if you need to learn how to sum, count, or average numbers with a condition or multiple conditions.
How to Use SUMIF Function in Google Sheets - sum up the numbers that meet a criterion
SUMIFS Function in Google Sheets: Explained - sum up the numbers that meet multiple criteria
How to Use COUNTIF Function in Google Sheets - count the number of cells that meet a requirement
How to Use COUNTIFS function in Google Sheets - count the number of cells that meet multiple requirements
AVERAGEIF Function in Google Sheets: Explained - average the figures that meet a standard
AVERAGEIFS Function in Google Sheets: Explained - average the figures that meet multiple standards
Visit the following post if you are interested in learning how to count the number of specific cells.
COUNT Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of cells containing numeric values (except for blank ones)
COUNTBLANK Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of blank cells
COUNTUNIQUE Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of unique cells
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