Count the number of occurrences of different words


Board Regular
Sep 24, 2009
Hi all, hopefully a fairly simple one. Does anybody know if there is a formula to count up the number of times individual words appear in a list?

I have a list of projects (2,500 in total), each with a single sport attached (could be tennis, basketball, football or many others). Is there a way to count up the number of these sports, using a single formula, to tell me the total number of differing sports that are in the list (i.e. not count the duplicates)?

I know how to do it with a pivot (there are 70 different sports listed) but can't work out how to do it with a formula. Count something, maybe?


Well-known Member
Nov 6, 2013
One example
A2:A12 is the range which contains duplicates
Formula to count individuals

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New Member
Jan 24, 2018
One example
A2:A12 is the range which contains duplicates
Formula to count individuals


The formula Kvsrinivasamurthy provided will work, but it's an array formula, thus it will only work if you press Ctrl+Shift+Enter

E.g. {=SUM(1/COUNTIF(A2:A12,A2:A12))}
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