Can Excel count Cells that contain any sequence of the digits 423? My solution in today’s Episode #1843 seems a bit clunky. To me, it seems like the first step has to be Formulas (or a User Defined Function) to convert any three digit number into the sorted version of the digits in the number … 423 would “sort” to 234. If you could use a helper column to convert 423 to 234, then all six variations of 234, 243, 324, 342, 423, 432 would also convert to 234. The Formula mentioned in this Podcast is below.

The Formula:

=SMALL(MID(TEXT(A2,'000'),{1;2;3},1)*1,1)*100+SMALL(MID(TEXT(A2,'000'),{1;2;3},1)*1,2)*10+SMALL(MID(TEXT(A2,'000'),{1;2;3},1)*1,3)

*Make sure to Array-enter this formula by holding down Ctrl+Shift while pressing Enter.

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