We can **count cells not equal to many things** with a combined formula that utilizes the **COUNTIF, SUMPRODUCT,** and **COUNTA** functions. This is useful to decipher cells that do not belong to the same category. The steps below will guide all levels of excel users to count cells not equal to many things.

*Figure 1: Result for Cells not Containing PETER and JUDE*

**General formula**

**=COUNTA(range)-SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(range, things))**

**Formula**

**=COUNTA(B4:B11)-SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(B4:B11,Names))**

**Setting up the Data**

- We will set up the data by inputting the
**commission**for different marketers in**Column A**and the names of the**marketers**in**Column B** **Cell D6**is where we want the formula to return the result for**cells that are not equal to PETER**and**JUDE**- It should be noted that we
**must**name**Cell D9**and**Cell 10 as “Names.”**We do this by**highlighting both cells**and click on where we see**D15**in**figure 2.**We will**type Names**and**press the enter key**

* Figure 2: Setting up the Data*

**Count Cells That Are Not Equal To PETER And JUDE**

- We will click on
**Cell D6**and insert the formula below

`=COUNTA(B4:B11)-SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(B4:B11,Names))`

- We will
**press the enter key**

*Figure 3: Result for Cells not Containing PETER and JUDE*

**Explanation**

**=COUNTA(B4:B11)-SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(B4:B11,Names))**

The **COUNTIF function** checks the range **B4:B11** for cells that contain **PETER **and **JUDE**. It then returns the results as **TRUE** or **FALSE** like this:

**{TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}**

The** SUMPRODUCT function **reads any** TRUE VALUE as 1 **and **FALSE as 0 **in the array form below. It sums up the numbers and the result is **5**

**{1;1;1;1;1;0;0;0}**

The **COUNTA function **counts all the cells in the range** B4:B11. **The total number of cells in the range is** 8. **

**Hence, 8-5=3.**

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