How to use the Excel DCOUNTA function

The DCOUNTA function returns the count of the nonblank cells in a column of a list or database that match conditions you specify. This function is similar to the DCOUNT function, except that the DCOUNTA function counts all non-blank cells. The DCOUNT function counts only the cells containing numerical values.

Syntax: =DCOUNTA(database, field, criteria)

The DCOUNTA function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Database   (Required): The range of cells that makes up the list or database. A database is a list of related data in which rows of related information are records, and columns of data are fields. The first row of the list contains labels for each column.
  • Field    (Optional): Indicates which column is used in the function. Enter the column label enclosed between double quotation marks, such as “Age” or “Yield,” or a number (without quotation marks) that represents the position of the column within the list: 1 for the first column, 2 for the second column, and so on.
  • Criteria    (Required): The range of cells that contains the conditions that you specify. You can use any range for the criteria argument, as long as it includes at least one column label and at least one cell below the column label in which you specify a condition for the column.

Example: Let’s look at some Excel DCOUNTA function examples and explore how to use the DCOUNTA function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Excel DCOUNTA function - How to use the Excel DCOUNTA function

1. Calculate the total number of discounted items

Syntax:  =DCOUNTA(A1:G12,G1,A14:A15)

Result:

Excel DCOUNTA function 1 - How to use the Excel DCOUNTA function

2. Calculate the total price increase

Syntax: =DCOUNTA(A1:G12,G1,A14:A15)

Result:

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Excel DCOUNTA function 2 - How to use the Excel DCOUNTA function

3. Calculate the number of products with variable prices

Syntax: =DCOUNTA(A1:G12,G1,A14:A15)

Result:

Excel DCOUNTA function 3 - How to use the Excel DCOUNTA function

4. Calculate the number of products whose prices change by more than 10%.

Syntax: =DCOUNTA(A1:G12,G1,A14:A15)

Result:

Excel DCOUNTA function 4 - How to use the Excel DCOUNTA function

Note: The Excel DCOUNTA function counts matching records in a database using a specified field and criteria. The database argument is a range of cells that includes field headers, field is the name or index of the field to count, and criteria is a range of cells with headers matching those in database.

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