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Chuck has a worksheet with prize monies to be awarded to the eighty players in his golf league. Each row represents a player, and each column represents the winners of each of the five tournaments held in the season. The sixth column contains a simple formula summing the winnings shown on each row. At the bottom of this sixth column Chuck wants to enter a function that would count the number of players actually receiving monetary awards.

There are several ways you can put together such a formula. You might be tempted to use the COUNTA function, but it won't work. The purpose of COUNTA is to count all the cells that are not empty. This means it will also count cells containing a zero value; they are not empty either.

You could use the SUMPRODUCT function in the following manner:

=SUMPRODUCT((G1:G80>0)*1)

This formula just checks if a cell is greater than zero. If it is, then the True value is multiplied by 1 resulting in a value of 1. If it is False, then the False value multiplied by 1 is 0. The sum of all these values (1 and 0) is then calculated, resulting in a count as desired.

Perhaps the easiest approach, however, is to use the COUNTIF function. This function performs a count only if a particular criteria is met:

=COUNTIF(G1:G80,">0")

In this case, the count only occurs if a cell is greater than zero.

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2014-10-05 11:14:14

Michael (Micky) Avidan

"NO COMMENT" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ISRAEL

2014-10-04 14:35:46

Robin

Just so you know, your formula doesn't work like a charm as its still giving me a total of 41 and the correct answer is 21.

but thanks anyway

2014-10-03 07:12:09

Michael (Micky) Avidan

If you didn't understand what I meant in the: 21 X $2.00 = $42.00, then we have a Communication Breakdown.

You will have to wait for someone else's response.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

2014-10-02 11:56:10

Robin

this number is 21.

do you have a formula that will do this?

Again, I do appreciate your help!

2014-10-01 08:03:07

Michael (Micky) Avidan

If you have 21(!) cells - with each having the amount of $2.00 - to my opinion 21 X $2.00 = $42.00 and nothing else.

The ARRAY FORMULA, I have provided you,

{=SUM((MOD(ROW(G9:G50),2))*G9:G50)}

works like a charm.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

2014-09-30 13:04:42

Robin

I typed in the formula with my applicable fields and it totaled 41 the cells not just the ones with $. the spreadsheet cells i am working with are g9:g50. Every other cell has a currency amount and every other cell has a formula using the cell above to get a calculation. ex g10 formula is g9*k9.

$2.00 g9

104 g10

$2.00 g11

52 g12

i want it to add the cells with the $ which should add up to 21 because there are 42 cells. the total i got was 41 with {=SUM((MOD(ROW(g9:g50),2))*g9:g50)}

What am i doing wrong? Thank you so much for your help.

2014-09-30 07:23:41

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Try the following Array Formula:

{=SUM((MOD(ROW(A1:A100),2))*A1:A100)}

Array formulas are entered using CSE (<Ctrl+Shift+Enter>), instead of the a regular <Enter>. This will enclose the formula in curly brackets, which SHOULD NOT be typed manually.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

2014-09-29 17:11:51

Robin

ex. a1 $40.00

a2 10.00

a3 $25.00

a4 15.00

a2 and a4 are formulas

thanks!!

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