I currently have two lists. A list of “Grantors” in column A and the same list with duplicates removed in column B. I am trying to get a count of how many times a given Grantor is in Column A using countif however my list in Column A is over 700k rows. I am using 64bit excel but every time I run code to do this excel freezes and crashes.

Is there a way to do this in excel or do I need to take another approach like using a pivot table or creating tables in access?

I have written a few sub routines but this is the latest, got from another post on this forum.

```
Sub Countif()
Dim lastrow As Long
Dim rRange As Range
Dim B As Long '< dummy variable to represent column B
B = 2
With Application
.ScreenUpdating = False 'speed up processing by turning off screen updating
.DisplayAlerts = False
End With
'set up a range to have formulas applied
With Sheets(2)
lastrow = Cells(Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
Set rRange = .Range(.Cells(2, B), .Cells(lastrow, B))
End With
'apply the formula to the range
rRange.Formula = "=COUNTIF($A$2:$A$777363,C2)"
'write back just the value to the range
rRange.Value = rRange.Value
With Application
.ScreenUpdating = True
.DisplayAlerts = True
End With
End Sub
```

Something like this:

```
Sub Countif()
Dim allVals, uniqueVals, i As Long, dict, v, dOut(), r As Long
''creating dummy data
' With Sheet2.Range("A2:A700000")
' .Formula = "=""VAL_"" & round(RAND()*340000,0)"
' .Value = .Value
' End With
'
'get the raw data and unique values
With Sheet2
allVals = .Range("A2:A" & .Cells(.Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row).Value
uniqueVals = .Range("B2:B" & .Cells(.Rows.Count, "B").End(xlUp).Row).Value
End With
ReDim dOut(1 To UBound(uniqueVals, 1), 1 To 1) 'for counts...
Set dict = CreateObject("scripting.dictionary")
'map unique value to index
For i = 1 To UBound(uniqueVals, 1)
v = uniqueVals(i, 1)
If Len(v) > 0 Then dict(v) = i
Next i
'loop over the main list and count each unique value in colB
For i = 1 To UBound(allVals, 1)
v = allVals(i, 1)
If Len(v) > 0 Then
If dict.exists(v) Then
r = dict(v)
dOut(r, 1) = dOut(r, 1) + 1
End If
End If
Next i
'output the counts
Sheet2.Range("C2").Resize(UBound(dOut, 1), 1).Value = dOut
End Sub
```

Runs in ~30sec with 700k values in A and 300k uniques in B

### Answer：

… or maybe this.

_{Caution: this overwrites the de-duplicated values in column A of the target worksheet.}

```
Option Explicit
Sub countUnique()
Dim arr As Variant, i As Long, dict As Object
Debug.Print Timer
Set dict = CreateObject("scripting.dictionary")
dict.comparemode = vbTextCompare
With Worksheets("sheet2")
arr = .Range(.Cells(2, "A"), .Cells(.Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp)).Value2
End With
For i = LBound(arr, 1) To UBound(arr, 1)
dict.Item(arr(i, 1)) = dict.Item(arr(i, 1)) + 1
Next i
With Worksheets("sheet3")
.Cells(2, "A").Resize(dict.Count, 1) = bigTranspose(dict.keys)
.Cells(2, "B").Resize(dict.Count, 1) = bigTranspose(dict.items)
End With
Debug.Print Timer
End Sub
Function bigTranspose(arr1 As Variant)
Dim t As Long
ReDim arr2(LBound(arr1) To UBound(arr1), 1 To 1)
For t = LBound(arr1) To UBound(arr1)
arr2(t, 1) = arr1(t)
Next t
bigTranspose = arr2
End Function
```

42.64 seconds for 700K originals and 327K uniques on a Surface Pro tablet. This might be improved by turning off calculation and enableevents. Screenupdating really shouldn’t be an issue.

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