# How to Count Cells that Contain X or Y in Excel

This post will guide you how to** count the number of cells that contain X or Y** in a given range cells using a formula in Excel 2013/2016.You can easily to count cells equal to a specific value or text string through COUNTIF function. But if there is an easy way to count cells contain either one value or another value in a selected range of cells in Excel.

In the previous post, we talked that how to count cells that equal to either x or y in a given range with two COUNTIF functions. And it will double count cells that contain both X and Y. So it may be not your expected result, and you may only want to add it once while cells that contain both X or Y. the below steps will teach you how to count cells that contain either X or Y(do not double count).

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**Count Cells Contain X or Y**

Assuming that you want to count cells that contain value “**excel**”or “**word**” defined in a selected range(A1:B6).In this case, you can use the SUMPRODUCT function combining with ISNUMBER function and FIND function to count cells which are contain either X or Y.

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

**=SUMPRODUCT(–((ISNUMBER(FIND(“excel”,A1:B6)) + ISNUMBER(FIND(“word”,A1:B6)))>0))**

**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:
**

**=FIND(“excel”,A1:B6)**

The FIND function can be used to find the position of text “excel” or “word” in range A1:B6, and it returns a array result contain ** 1** or

**error. When the text “**

`#VALUE`

**excel**” or “

**word**” is not found, returns a

**error. The returned results for the above formula is like below:**

`#VALUE`

**={#VALUE!,#VALUE!;1,#VALUE!;#VALUE!,#VALUE!;#VALUE!,#VALUE!;#VALUE!,#VALUE!;1,#VALUE!}**

You can see that there are two “** 1**” value, it means that there are two cells that contain “

**excel**”text string.

**=ISNUMBER(FIND(“excel”,A1:B6))**

Then you can use the ISNUMBER function to check the above array result, it will convert all numeric value as True, and convert other values to False.

**={FALSE,FALSE;TRUE,FALSE;FALSE,FALSE;FALSE,FALSE;FALSE,FALSE;TRUE,FALSE}**

You still need to convert the above logic values to number “** 1**” or “

**” with double negative character like below:**

`0`

**=–ISNUMBER(FIND(“excel”,A1:B6))**

**={0,0;1,0;0,0;0,0;0,0;1,0}**

**Note:** You can press “**Fn**” + “**F9**” to display the array result for the above array formula.

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