We can count occurrences for the number of times a **particular value (number, text, date, etc.)** occurs across several worksheets in an excel workbook. We can do this by applying the **COUNTIF, INDIRECT** and **SUMPRODUCT** functions. We will walk through counting all occurrences in a workbook.

*Figure 1: Number of Count Occurrences of the ***number 2** in the workbook

**Naming the Worksheets**

We will name the worksheets by doing the following:

- We will rename the worksheet where we want to display our answer as
**PRIMARY SHEET**by right-clicking on it and then, click on**RENAME**

*Figure 2: Naming the Primary Sheet*

- We will create
**four new worksheets**by clicking on the plus sign enclosed in a circle at the bottom of the worksheet

*Figure 3: Creating Four Sheets*

**Setting up the Data**

- Our values will be inputted into
**SHEET1**to**SHEET4** - We will input the values as shown in figure 4 into
**Cell A4**to**Cell A8**and name it**VALUES**with**Cell A3**

*Figure 4: Inputting the Values*

**Naming the Range of Sheets**

**On the Primary sheet, we will input the names of the four worksheets (Sheet1, Sheet2, Sheet3, Sheet4) into Cell A4 to Cell A7**- We will select the range (
**A4:A7**) - After selecting the range, we will click on the drop-down arrow along the formula bar (
) and name this range as*fx***Sheets**

*Figure 5: Naming the Range*

**Syntax to Count Occurrence in a Workbook**

**=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!range"),count_value))**

**To count occurrences for this example, we will use the formula below:**

**=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!A4:A8"),2))**

**Counting the Number of Occurrences of the Number 2**

We will name **Cell C3** on the **PRIMARY SHEET** as** Count Value. **We will then type or copy and paste the formula into **Cell C4**. After we have done this, we will press **ENTER **on the keyboard.

Formula: **=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!A4:A8"),2))**

*Figure 6: Counting Occurrences of the Number 2*

*Figure 7: Result of the Counted Occurrences of the Number 2*

**Explanation of the Formula**

The **INDIRECT** function refers the ranges in the four sheets and the **COUNTIF **function counts the number of times the value in those ranges match the count value, which is 2. The **SUMPRODUCT** function then sums the returned count values from each sheet.

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