This post will guide you how to** count the number of cells not equal to criteria X or Y** in a given range cells using a formula in Excel 2013/2016.You can easily to count cells equal to or not equal to a specific value through COUNTIF function. But if there is an easy way to count cells not equal to either one value or another value in a selected range of cells in Excel.

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**Count Cells Not equals to Criteria X or Y**

Assuming that you want to count cells that do not contain value “EXCEL”or “word” defined in a selected range(A1:B6).In this case, you can use the COUNTIFS function with multiple criteria to count cells not equal to “EXCEL” or “word”.

Enter the following formula in a blank cell, and press Enter key:

**=COUNTIFS(A2:A6,”<>EXCEL”,A2:A6,”<>word”)**

**Note:** A2:A6 is the data range that you want to use. And both“**EXCEL**” and “word” are the text values that you want to count in range A2:A6. You need to change them as you need.

**Now Let’s see how this formula works:**

The COUNTIFS function will count the number of cells in a given range that match supplied criteria. All criteria must match while counting. In the above formula, there are two criteria. One criteria is “**<>EXCEL**”, it means if cell is not equal to “, another is “**<>word**”, it means that cells should not equal to “**word**”.

You can also use another array formula to achieve the same result of counting cells not equal to either “**EXCEL**” or “**word**” in A2:A6. Just using the following formula based on the SUMPRODUC function:

**=SUMPRODUCT((A2:A6<>”EXCEL”)*(A2:A6<>”word”))**

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