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# How to Count Cells that Contain Text

We can use the COUNTIF Function to count cells that contain text (not errors, not blanks, not numbers). COUNTIF is used with a wildcard (“*”) that matches any number of characters. The COUNTIFS function can be used to count cells without text. The steps below will walk through the process.

Figure 1: How to Count Cells that contain text

## Syntax

`=COUNTIF(rng,"*")`

## Formula

Count with text: `=COUNTIF(B4:B11,"*")`

Count without text: `=COUNTIFS(B4:B11,"*",B4:B11,"<> ")`

## Setting up the Data

• We will set up the data by inputting the Values into Column B
• The count with text will be returned in Cell C4
• The count without text will be returned in Cell C7

Figure 2: Setting up the Data

## Count With Text

• We will click on Cell C4
• We will insert the formula below into the cell
`=COUNTIF(B4:B11,"*")`
• We will press the enter key

Figure 3: Result for Count of Cells with Text

## Count Without Text

• We will click on Cell C7
• We will insert the formula below into the cell
`=COUNTIFS(B4:B11,"*",B4:B11,"<> ")`
• We will press the enter key

Figure 4: Result for Count of Cells without Text

## Notes

• Logical values like TRUE and FALSE aren’t counted as text
• Unless a number is entered as text, it is not counted by “*”
• Any blank cell that begins with an apostrophe (‘) will be counted.

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