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# How to do Summary Count with COUNTIF Function

We can use the COUNTIF function to count cells within a range that meet a criteria. The steps below will walk through the process.

Figure 1: How to do Summary Count with COUNTIF Function

## Syntax

`=COUNTIF(RANGE,CRITERIA)`

• RANGE is the “named range” of items we want a summary count for
• CRITERIA is the cell reference to the specified item

## Formula

`=COUNTIF(Customer,E4)`

## Setting up the Data

• We will set up the data by inputting the Number of orders into Column A
• We will input the category into Column B
• Column C contains the customer name
• Column F is where we want the formula to return the COUNT for each customer
• Note- We will Highlight Cell C4 to Cell C10. We will click on C3 where there is an arrow in figure 2. We will name the range as “Customer

Figure 2: Setting up the Data

## Summary Count with COUNTIF Function

• We will click on Cell F4
• We will insert the formula below into the cell
`=COUNTIF(Customer,E4)`
• We will press the enter key

Figure 3: Summary Count for Alex

• We will click on Cell F4 again
• We will double-click on the fill handle (the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell F4) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

Figure 4: Summary Count for the three Customers

## Explanation

`=COUNTIF(Customer,E4)`

In this formula, the value in Cell E4 is searched for in the named range. COUNTIF returns the sum of the number of times the value appears in the named range.

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