# Better formula

#### jimblimm

##### Board Regular
Is there any way to make this formula shorter

=countifs('main data'!\$bb\$4:\$bb\$8500,0)+countifs('main data'!\$bc\$4:\$bc\$85001,0)+countifs('main data'!\$bd\$4:\$bd\$8500,0)+countifs('main data'!\$bd\$4:\$bd\$8500,0)

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#### cyrilbrd

##### Well-known Member
why not:
=SUMPRODUCT(('main data'!\$bb\$4:\$bb\$8500=0) + (('main data'!\$bc\$4:\$bc\$8500=0) + ('main data'!\$bd\$4:\$bd\$8500=0) > 0))
or only =COUNTIF('main data'!\$bb\$4:\$bd\$8500,0)

#### T. Valko

##### Well-known Member
Is there any way to make this formula shorter

=countifs('main data'!\$bb\$4:\$bb\$8500,0)+countifs('main data'!\$bc\$4:\$bc\$85001,0)+countifs('main data'!\$bd\$4:\$bd\$8500,0)+countifs('main data'!\$bd\$4:\$bd\$8500,0)
You're double counting column BD.

This is essentially what you're formula is doing:

=COUNTIF('main data'!\$BB\$4:\$Bd\$8500,0)

This is what I think you're wanting to do:

=COUNTIFS('main data'!\$BB\$4:\$BB\$8500,0,'main data'!\$BC\$4:\$BC\$8500,0,'main data'!\$BD\$4:\$BD\$8500,0,'main data'!\$BE\$4:\$BE\$8500,0)

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