Do you have a data table where you need to pick all the highest, lowest, best, worst, or equal to 2? **COUNTIF**, and its bigger brother **COUNTIFS** formulas can help sum the cells of your choice! In this article, we're going to show you how to count the number of cells by an equal criteria.

## Syntax

=COUNTIF(criteria range, criteria)

=COUNTIFS(criteria range, criteria, [ optional criteria range, optional criteria], …)

## Steps

- Begin by typing in =
**COUNTIF**( - Select or type in the range reference that you want to apply the criteria against (i.e.
**$E$3:$E$10)** - Enter the criteria logic (i.e.
**"FL"**alternatively you can enter the cell reference that contains the logic) - Type in
**)**and press**Enter**to complete the formula

## How

Both functions can be used to count values that meet a criteria. They search for a given criteria in the selected range, and then produce an array result of *TRUE/FALSE *based on the outcome. For example, searching for **FL** in **$E$3:$E$10** range returns {**TRUE**, FALSE, FALSE, **TRUE**, FALSE, **TRUE**, **TRUE**, **TRUE**}. Number of *TRUE* values is what we're going to be using here.

=COUNTIF(E3:E10,"FL")

The **COUNTIFS** function can get more than one criteria range-criteria pair. Up to 127 range-criteria pairs can be used this way. It is important to note that each additional range must have the same number of rows and columns as the criteria_range1 argument. The ranges do not have to be adjacent to each other. The **COUNTIFS** function produces an array that contains Boolean values (*TRUE/FALSE*). Unlike the **COUNTIF **function, **COUNTIFS** produces array of TRUE/FALSE values for each pair, and combines them. For example, searching for **2017** in **$G$3:$G$10** range returns {**TRUE**, **TRUE**, **TRUE**, **TRUE**, FALSE, FALSE, FALSE, FALSE}. Combining this array and the array from the "FL" search, we get the array of {**TRUE**, FALSE, FALSE, **TRUE**, FALSE, FALSE, FALSE, FALSE} that has 2 *TRUE* values.

=COUNTIFS(E3:E10,"FL")

=COUNTIFS(E3:E10,"FL",G3:G10,2017)