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    Default Excel - counting instances of )

    This is a bit of an odd one, but, I need to count how many closing parentheses I've got in an excel column (and not just the number of fields in which it occurs, the total number, as there will be multiple occurrences per records).

    Any excel gurus have some advice on what my formula should look like?


    For the time being, I did a find/replace and replaced all ")" with ")q" as I didn't have any other q's on the page, but, using COUNTIF I only got the total number of records where the *Q* appeared (like 270), instead of the total number of Qs (which should be over 700).
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    Default Re: Excel - counting instances of )

    Are you allowed to create a new analytical column?
    Corey D.Please let the saying "The only stupid question is the one not asked" not be seen as a challenge to defy it.

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    Default Re: Excel - counting instances of )

    Quote Originally Posted by CADastrophe View Post
    Are you allowed to create a new analytical column?
    I suppose I could. With these massive reports, I like to spend as little time processing them as possible. But, I only do them once a quarter, so I guess it's no big deal.

    should've known I'd get you in an excel topic. lol. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I suppose I could. With these massive reports, I like to spend as little time processing them as possible. But, I only do them once a quarter, so I guess it's no big deal.

    should've known I'd get you in an excel topic. lol. thanks.
    The easiest way to do this would be to create a separate column to count the characters of each line and get the total of that column. Assuming that your data resides in column A, I think that I'd fill column B with the following formula:

    =LEN(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE("A",ROW())))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE("A",ROW())),")",""))

    This formula results in the difference of characters between the original text and the text without the specified character.
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    Default Re: Excel - counting instances of )

    Quote Originally Posted by CADastrophe View Post
    The easiest way to do this would be to create a separate column to count the characters of each line and get the total of that column. Assuming that your data resides in column A, I think that I'd fill column B with the following formula:

    =LEN(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE("A",ROW())))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE("A",ROW())),")",""))

    This formula results in the difference of characters between the original text and the text without the specified character.
    Holy cannoli, you're a flippin genius. That worked a treat!

    Thank you, Corey!
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