# Formula Help

#### cmarie1020

##### New Member
Hello,

I need some help with creating a formula.

Basically, I am counting up all the letters in a row (P, F, U, B, S) and then I want to minus from the calculation the count of (L) in the row … however, if L = or > zero, I want the cell to be 0 .

my current formula

=COUNTA(J5:AN5)-COUNTIF(J5:AN5, "L")

this is a spreadsheet tracking different types of absences but also lates. And I just want the calculation to produce the total absence types and disregard the lates entirely.

Thank you!

#### bvbull200

##### New Member
Are you saying that if "L" doesn't appear in any cells across that row, that the result should be 0?

Does this do what you're looking for?

=IF(COUNTIF(J5:AN5, "L")=0,0,COUNTA(J5:AN5)-COUNTIF(J5:AN5, "L"))

#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
Hi & welcome to MrExcel
Not sure I understand the bit about L= or > zero, but this will count all the P,F,U,B & Ss
=SUM(COUNTIF(J5:AN5,{"P","F","U","B","S"}))

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#### cmarie1020

##### New Member
Are you saying that if "L" doesn't appear in any cells across that row, that the result should be 0?

Does this do what you're looking for?

=IF(COUNTIF(J5:AN5, "L")=0,0,COUNTA(J5:AN5)-COUNTIF(J5:AN5, "L"))

That works!! Thank you!!