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I need to count specific characters in a string. For example, I want to count the number of "HD", "D". "C", "P" etc in as string of characters in excel. Each one should be counted as an individual element..not sure if you get what I am saying...but your help is much appreciated.

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• Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

You want to take a string in a cell and count the number of a particular character in the stiring?

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### What are the formulas in grading the grades uisng microsoft excel

Formulas are used to specify calculations based on values in designated cells. Excel supports basic calculations as well as statistical, trigonometric and other specialized functions.

Formulas used in Excel must follow a certain syntax.

1. All formulas begin with an equals sign (=).
2. Some formulas use operands such as +,-, *,/ for addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
For example, the formula =A1+A2+A3 would add the contents of cells A1, A2 and A3.
3. Other formulas refer to different functions such as SUM, AVERAGE and others.
For example, the formula =SUM(A1:A3) would add the contents for the range A1 through A3.
4. Formulas can be combined with operands.
For example, the formula =10*SUM(A1:A3) would add the contents cells A1 through A3 and multiply them by 10.
5. Functions can be nested within each other.
For example, the formula =SQRT(10*SUM(A1:A3)) would take the square root of ten times the sum of cells A1 through A3. When functions are nested, it is important that the number of left parentheses match the number of right parentheses.

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### HOW TO COUNT THE OCCURRENCES OF A TEXT STRING

In the cell that you want the result to appear in, enter the appropriate formula from the following examples.
How to Count the Occurrences of a Number
Use this formula
=SUM(IF(range=number,1,0))
where range is the range that you want to search, and number is the number that you want to count.
NOTE: This formula must be entered as an array formula. To enter an array formula, press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
How to Count the Occurrences of a Text String
Method 1
Use this formula
=SUM(IF(range="text",1,0))
where range is the range that you want to search, and text is the text that you want to find (the text must be enclosed in quotation marks).
NOTE: The above formula must be entered as an array formula. To enter an array formula, press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
Method 2
Use the COUNTIF() function to count the occurrences of a text string. For example, use the formula
=COUNTIF(range,"text")
where range is the range of cells that you are evaluating, and text is the text string that you want to count instances of (note that text must be enclosed in quotation marks).
NOTE: This formula must be entered as an array formula. To enter an array formula, press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
Wildcard characters can be used within the COUNTIF function.
The asterisk character (*) represents more than one character. For example, to count all the cells in the range a1:a10 that contain an "x," you can use the following formula:
=COUNTIF(a1:a10,"*x*")
The question mark character (?) can also be used to represent one wildcard character -- for example, to count all cells in the range whose second character is the letter, such as "ax" or "bx."
=COUNTIF(a1:a10,"?x*")

on Nov 11, 2013 | Microsoft Excel Computers & Internet

### What is the function of Microsoft excel?

Ok - if your question is "What is Excel" - then the answer is that it is a spreadsheet program that allows you the ability to compute data (usually numbers) for example, pulling together a list of hours worked by employees and adding them up automatically. It also can be used to develop sophisticated computational models and I have used it to develop professional services proposal sizing tools using formulas and functions ... which is a good segwey into my other answer.

If your question is "what is a function or formula in Excel" - then the answer is a function or formula in Excel is a collection of mathematical, text, statistical, etc. preprogrammed tools that allows you to manipulate the data you have in your spreadsheet e.g. a SUM() function that adds a series of numbers, and AVERAGE() funtion that computes the average of a series of numbers, etc.

Hope that helps!

Rgds

David

Oct 01, 2010 | Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Upgrade:...

### Hi need help on my excel files

most of the times computer viruses can cause such problems, try scanning you pc for viruses. if you store you files in bad external memory like,flash drives etc these can also be the problem.
some times these viruses corrupt the programs so if try uninstalling and re installing the programs NB your files saved on your system will not be lost

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### Excel

Step1. Start Microsoft Excel and open the file you want to change. Step2. Double-click on the cell where you want the total to appear. Step3. Press the = key on the keyboard. This tells Excel that you are entering a formula into the cell. Step4. Enter the formula, then press Enter. Follow the steps below for an example. Step5. Enter an opening parenthesis character: (. Step6. Enter a cell name. For example: =(E2. Step7. Press the + key. Step8. Enter another cell name and a closing parenthesis character: ). For example: =(E2+E3). Step9. Enter a minus sign and a third cell name. For example: =(E2+E3)-E4. Step10. Press the Enter key to accept the formula. The cell will display the sum of the first two cells minus the third cell. \$('.Article .Steps .Image').each(function(i,e){ e = \$(e); e.find('img').error(function(){ \$(this).unbind(); e.remove(); }); });
Tips & Warnings
• Formulas are just equations. Instead of adding or subtracting numbers you are adding and subtracting the contents of a cell.
• Excel includes a number of predefined functions to use as well. You can combine the predefined functions into your own formula. (See "How to Use Provided Excel Formulas.")
I hope it helps!!!

Dec 03, 2008 | Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Full...

### Problem with formulas

You may want to try =COUNT(A1:C9) for example. In brackets type the range of cells you want to count and excel will give you the number of cells that contain numbers.

Aug 19, 2008 | Computers & Internet

### HOW TO STRIP DELIMITED CHARACTERS FROM SPREADSHEET

The short of it is this ...
Match the data in each location and store it the same way. As a number or as a string. I would say, looking at your data, that these are probably strings of numbers. Put the apostrophe in front of both pieces of data at both locations so they match. I tried a simple test in Excel and adding the apostrophe in front of all the uses of this data will match everything.

The long of it is this ...
Now, I don't know your technical expertise, but I'll try to put it simply. The hard part to understand in database and data storage, is that not all numbers are numbers.

For example, a phone number 8005551212 is not a number. It's a string of numbers. This is because every single position from the 8 to the 2 is a significant position. Another example is a a social security number. The arbitrary SSN of 002003421 is a string of numbers. The first two 0's will be stripped off in Excel if put in as a number, thus ALL number but be retained in their original significant position.

The apostrophe (added by the user) forces Excel interpret the cell data as a string, instead of number, preserving all the characters in their original form, and doesn't try and tinker with the formatting.

The other reason is that the data you've provided is WAY BIG for a number. Not a lot of systems in the world will do calculations against such big numbers. This is why I "guess" that they should be strings (adding the apostrophe to the front of the data in the cell).

How do you know if data should be stored as a string or as a number. The tall tale question is "will I be using these numbers in calculations." If you do, it's a number, if not, it's a string (add the apostrophe). A second question could be "do I need all positions to retain their original information" as a literal.

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