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    Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Hello experts

    I have a formula that counts the number of entries within a table based on two conditions

    Condition 1 - Column I = "No"
    Condition 2 - Column G = Less than 6 months

    I've got a formula as below which works except it's also counting blank cells where the data has yet to be entered.

    =SUM(IF(I27:I47="No",IF(G27:G47<=TODAY()-180,1,0)))

    Can anyone advise how I insert 'don't count blank cells' into this formula?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    One way...

    Normally entered:

    =SUMPRODUCT(--(I27:I47="No"),--(G27:G47<>""),--(G27:G47<=TODAY()-180))
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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Try

    =COUNTIFS(I27:I47,"No",G27:G47,"<>",G27:G47,"<="&TODAY()-180)

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Thanks Tony and Bob

    Both work perfectly.

    Problem solved

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    If you're going to use countifs, you don't need to test for NOT blank.
    It will ignore blanks already.

    =COUNTIFS(I27:I47,"No",G27:G47,"<="&TODAY()-180)

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmo1 View Post
    If you're going to use countifs, you don't need to test for NOT blank.
    It will ignore blanks already.

    =COUNTIFS(I27:I47,"No",G27:G47,"<="&TODAY()-180)
    Not sure if I agree. With A1 blank:

    =A1<=TODAY()

    will always return TRUE.

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Quote Originally Posted by XOR LX View Post
    Not sure if I agree. With A1 blank:
    =A1<=TODAY()
    But that's not a countifs formula is it?

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmo1 View Post
    But that's not a countifs formula is it?
    Apologies. You're correct.

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    No worries.

    I suppose we shouldn't say that countifs straight up ignores blanks.
    It does for Inclusive numerical comparisons (the value IS less than x)..
    But not for Exclusive (the value is NOT equal to)
    "<>Hello" or "<>10" Will count blanks.

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmo1 View Post
    No worries.

    I suppose we shouldn't say that countifs straight up ignores blanks.
    It does for Inclusive numerical comparisons (the value IS less than x)..
    But not for Exclusive (the value is NOT equal to)
    "<>Hello" or "<>10" Will count blanks.
    Interesting stuff.

    I have to say that I find it a tad strange (not to mention practically difficult!) that there are all these seeming inconsistencies between functions when it comes to comparisons, particularly with regards to blanks.

    Cheers

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Quote Originally Posted by XOR LX View Post
    there are all these seeming inconsistencies between functions when it comes to comparisons, particularly with regards to blanks.
    Yep, and don't get me started on COUNTA vs COUNTBLANK with regards to formula blanks.
    COUNTA will consider ="" as NOT Blank
    COUNTBLANK will consider ="" as Blank.

    Ugh...

    I'll accept it either way, but both should be the same.

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    Re: Exclude blank cells from COUNTIFS formula

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmo1 View Post
    Yep, and don't get me started on COUNTA vs COUNTBLANK with regards to formula blanks.
    COUNTA will consider ="" as NOT Blank
    COUNTBLANK will consider ="" as Blank.

    Ugh...
    LOL!! Agreed - a nightmare!

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