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    Using Wildcards in CountIf

    Hi All

    I have recently started using CountIf and was wondering how I could use the wildcard characters to find the number of people who's surname whose 3rd letter begins with a "n". I have been able to do this with the first name (as the first name is where the text starts from i.e. the left of the cell) but am finding it increasingly difficult to do this with the second names only.

    Please see attachment (yellow highlighted cell I3) and see if you can help out if possible!

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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    CountIf Wildcard Help!

    Hi All

    I have recently started using CountIf and was wondering how I could use the wildcard characters to find the number of people whose surname has a 3rd letter which begins with a "n". I have been able to do this with the first name (as the first name is where the text starts from i.e. the left of the cell) but am finding it increasingly difficult to do this with the second names only.

    Please see attachment (yellow highlighted cell I3) and see if you can help out if possible!

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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    Last edited by SilverBullet17; 01-16-2017 at 03:06 AM.

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    Re: Using Wildcards in CountIf

    please attach a sample excel file with desired result
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    Re: Using Wildcards in CountIf

    Apologies Siva (new to the forum so still learning) - it should have the attachment now?

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    Re: Using Wildcards in CountIf

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    =COUNTIF(A3:A1001,"??n*")
    try this

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    Re: CountIf Wildcard Help!

    Try in "I3"
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    Re: CountIf Wildcard Help!

    Seems this was a forum-induced duplicate thread. I would combine it with the other 1 (they both have answers)
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    Re: Using Wildcards in CountIf

    For the surname I would suggest a helper column where you have a formula like this
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    as this will add 1 in the helper column if the 3de letter in the surname is "n" and then you sum the helper column or you just split the names i.e. surname in helper column and use the "COUNTIF" function.

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    Re: Using Wildcards in CountIf

    Surname with 3rd Letter = "n" using CountIf Formula
    Try this...

    =COUNTIF(A3:A1001,"* ??n*")

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