# countif cell contains a specific number

#### ivanastaylor

##### New Member
I have data that has more than one number in a cell - separated by a comma. i.e. 23,2

I want to count how many times 2 occurs either alone in a cell or as part of a cell that contains a 2 separated by a comma.

I've tried
=countif(range, 2)
=countif(range, *2*)

and didn't get anywhere - any assistance?

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#### Jon von der Heyden

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
Welcome to the board

Maybe:

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(FIND(",2",range)))

Regards
Jon

##### Well-known Member
=COUNTIF(A:A,"**,2")

#### barry houdini

##### MrExcel MVP
...but I don't think either of those will count a single 2 in a cell....if range is A1:A10 try

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(FIND(",2,",","&A1:A10&",")))

##### MrExcel MVP

I have data that has more than one number in a cell - separated by a comma. i.e. 23,2

I want to count how many times 2 occurs either alone in a cell or as part of a cell that contains a 2 separated by a comma.

I've tried
=countif(range, 2)
=countif(range, *2*)

and didn't get anywhere - any assistance?

C2: 2

A2:A4, the range of interest.

D2:

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(","&\$A\$2:\$A\$4&",")-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(","&\$A\$2:\$A\$4&",",","&C2&",","")))/(LEN(C2)+2)

#### Jon von der Heyden

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator

I notice that this works but I don't understand why. What is the purpose of the "," ?

Jon

##### MrExcel MVP

I notice that this works but I don't understand why. What is the purpose of the "," ?

Jon

In order to pick up a leading and/or trailing 2...

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2
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