How to Count Duplicate Values Only Once in A Range in Excel?

When counting the number of times for objects appear in a list or a range, we usually record the duplicate value only once and ignore the redundant ones. We cannot apply formula with only one function to implement this in excel, so we need to update formula and use a formula combine more than one functions. This free tutorial will introduce you to count objects only once by the combination of SUMPRODUCT and COUNTIF functions.

Precondition:

Insert a list with some products. You can see there are some duplicate values. We will introduce you the method to count numbers ignore the redundant duplicate values. Actually, for case-sensitive and case-insensitive two different situations, we provide two ways with two different formulas to count numbers.

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Part 1: Count Duplicate Values Once with Case Sensitive


Step 1: Select a blank cell just next to the list, for example B2, enter the formula =SUM(IFERROR(1/IF(A2:A11<>””, FREQUENCY(IF(EXACT(A2:A11, TRANSPOSE(A2:A11)), MATCH(ROW(A2:A11), ROW(A2:A11)), “”), MATCH(ROW(A2:A11), ROW(A2:A11))), 0), 0)).

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Step 2: Press Shift+Ctrl+Enter on keyboard simultaneously to get result.

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As we count number with case sensitive in this sample, so product ‘NPS001’ and ‘nps001’ are processed as two different products.

Part 2: Count Duplicate Values Once with Case Insensitive


This time we count number with case insensitive.

Step 1: In B2 enter the formula =SUMPRODUCT((A2:A11<>””)/COUNTIF(A2:A11,A2:A11&””)).

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Step 2: Press Enter directly to get result. Verify that this time the count number is 5, so this time products ‘NPS001’ and ‘nps001’ are considered as duplicate values.

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    The Excel SUMPRODUCT function multiplies corresponding components in the given one or more arrays or ranges, and returns the sum of those products.The syntax of the SUMPRODUCT function is as below:= SUMPRODUCT (array1,[array2],…)…
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    The Excel COUNTIF function will count the number of cells in a range that meet a given criteria. This function can be used to count the different kinds of cells with number, date, text values, blank, non-blanks, or containing specific characters.etc.= COUNTIF (range, criteria)…
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    The Excel IFERROR function returns an alternate value you specify if a formula results in an error, or returns the result of the formula.The syntax of the IFERROR function is as below:= IFERROR (value, value_if_error)….
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