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    Count cell values under column with today's date header

    Hey all, I'm trying to count up the number of occurrances of a specific cell value, but only under the the column with today's date for a header.

    I have a range from S7:BC16 with data. In range S3:BC3 I have dates, one of which will be today's date. I want to find which column is today's date, then count up the number of times "A" appears. I could write VBA for this, but as the range is going to be moving upon inserting/deleting rows, I'd much rather prefer to use a formula.

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    then just add up that again with columns T, U, V, W,.....etc. I know there is a better way to go about this, I'm just not seeing it.... any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    I'd probably use INDIRECT to create a dynamic range.

    Are you trying to get a sum of all columns with that date, or one column at a time?

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    The headers will be like 8/1/2013, 8/2/2013..... through the 6th or 7th of the next month. So it should only ever count up the instances of one column.

    Can't say I've ever used the INDIRECT function before and I've got something off here..

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    Giving me a ref error, so something is definitely wrong in there. Any ideas on what I'm messing up?

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    Ahh, you need to use some Char() in there.

    INDIRECT() translates a string into actual reference, whereas =A1 is standard format, =INDIRECT(CHAR(ROW(A1)+64)&99-98) also =A1. Your reference is just missing the CHAR() part which translates a number into a letter so you get a Column reference. The alphabet begins at char(64), so you just use char(64+?) to get there.

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    =COUNTIF(RANGE,CRITERIA) where CRITERIA = "A" and RANGE = rows 7 to 16 and columns S to BC.

    =COLUMN(R1) = 82

    Now we know the parameters, we just build around them.

    =COUNTIF(RANGE,"A")

    =COUNTIF(R7:R16,"A")

    =COUNTIF(INDIRECT(CHAR(82+MATCH(TODAY(),$S$3:$BC$3,0))&7&":"&CHAR(82+MATCH(TODAY(),$S$3:$BC$3,0))&16),"A")

    which translates into R7:R16, adjusted X Columns where X = the header that matches today in S3:BC3
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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    As for figuring how to get AA:BC efficiently, I'm a little stuck.
    Maybe MOD to pull remainder with a denominator of 26 to overflow to the next letter of the alphabet.


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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    Try

    =COUNTIF(INDEX(S7:BC16,0,MATCH(TODAY(),S3:BC3,0)),"A")


    And I would consider re-evaluating your process and avoid inserting/deleting rows.
    Perhaps try clearcontents and then pasting in new data.

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    Thanks Jonmo!

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    I would use OFFSET for this.

    =COUNTIF(OFFSET($R$7:$R$13, , MATCH(TODAY(), $S$3:$BC$3, 0), ,), "a")


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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    Thank you all! Exactly what I was trying to do. Just couldn't get a way working to use match as the column finder, and count up in that column. Thinking using index is the way I need to go. Thanks Jonmo, and thanks everyone else too!

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    Re: Count cell values under column with today's date header

    You're welcome.

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