Searching for Special Characters

Dan Wilson

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Office Version
  1. 365
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  1. Windows
Good day. I am using Excel in Office 365 (updated) running on Windows 10 Home. I have a worksheet that contains song titles and artist names. Column B holds the artist names. There is an Artist whose name begins with a question mark (? And The Mysterians). In another worksheet I have created Column A to house the first letter of each artist title found in the song worksheet (DB). IE: =LEFT(DB!$B29,1) This formula is used to extract the first letter of each artist from 4500 songs. Then I created Column B to count the number of cells that contain the letters A thru Z, numbers 1 thru 9, and special characters (" and ?). IE: =COUNTIF($A:$A,"A") The search for letters, numbers and the " all work. The search for ? (=COUNTIF($A:$A,"?") gives me a total of 4500 meaning that it counted everything. Is there a way to make the search work? I appreciate any help.
Thank you,
Dan Wilson...
 

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Fluff

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Office Version
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Try
Excel Formula:
=COUNTIF($A:$A,"~?")
 
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Dan Wilson

Active Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2006
Messages
448
Office Version
  1. 365
Platform
  1. Windows
Try
Excel Formula:
=COUNTIF($A:$A,"~?")
Good day Fluff. You did it again! Thank you for responding. It took me a while to find that key (~), but it worked. I suspect that it will work for other special keys aa well (+,-,/,*). This one is now closed.
Thank you,
Dan Wilson...
 

Fluff

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Office Version
  1. 365
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You're welcome & thanks for the feedback.
 

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