# Count if cells contain a specific text in Excel and Google Sheets

=COUNTIF(A2:A7,"*apple*") // criteria within formula

=COUNTIF(A:A,"*"&C6&"*") // criteria as a cell reference

### A2:A7 & A:A = ranges

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# Count if cells contain a specific text in Excel

How to count if cells contain a specific text in Excel?

# COUNT IF CELLS CONTAIN A SPECIFIC TEXT — EXCEL FORMULA AND EXAMPLE

1. =COUNTIF(A2:A7,"*apple*") // criteria within formula

2. =COUNTIF(A:A,"*"&C6&"*") // criteria as a cell reference

• A2:A6 = data range

• "*apple*" = criteria

• Wildcard: The * character allows for any number (including zero) of other characters to take its place.

💡 In this example, it’s used to find all cells that include the text "apple". This search is not case-sensitive, so "apple" is considered the same as "Apple" or "APPLE".

# Count if cells contain a specific text in Google Sheets

How to count if cells contain specific text in Google Sheets?

# COUNT IF CELLS CONTAIN A SPECIFIC TEXT — GOOGLE SHEETS FORMULA AND EXAMPLE

1. =COUNTIF(A2:A7,"*apple*") // criteria within formula

2. =COUNTIF(A:A,"*"&C6&"*") // criteria as a cell reference

• A2:A6 = data range

• "*apple*" = criteria

• Wildcard: The * character allows for any number (including zero) of other characters to take its place.

💡 In this example, it’s used to find all cells that include the text "apple". This search is not case-sensitive, so "apple" is considered the same as "Apple" or "APPLE".