I have a range as A:A since the amount of records changes. This range contains “x” in each cell which corresponds to how many projects were completed in that time. Therefore, a single cell may be entered as “x”, “xxx”, or “x x x”. I need the number of occurrences of “x” or “X” for that matter.

My current formula is `=COUNTIFS(A:A,"x*",I:I,"Weekly*")`

I have tried altering this formula but can’t get the proper result as some cells contain more than one “x”. Thanks.

```
=SUM(LEN(A:A)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A:A,"x",""),"X","")))
```

Substitute `x`

& `X`

with a blank value and then count & sum the difference. Depending on your version of excel, you may need to confirm formula with `CTRL ` + `SHIFT ` + ` ENTER`

## Edit

A cleaner way to handle lower case and uppercase values would just be to convert the entire string to uppercase and then only replace your uppercase values (`X`

)

```
=SUM(LEN(A:A)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(UPPER(A1),"X","")))
```

### Answer：

i have use a helper column. Modify and try the below:

**Formula in Helper Column:**

`=LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(UPPER(A2),"X",""))`

**Formula to get the total:**

`=SUMIF($B$2:$B$8,"Weekly*",$C$2:$C$8)`

### Answer：

Assuming that Column A **only** contains “X”s, and no other data, then the simplest method – **if you have Office-365 or Office-2019** is to use `Concat`

to turn the column into 1 giant string, then count the length:

```
=LEN(CONCAT(A:A))
```

If you **don’t** have Office-365 or Office-2019, then you can’t use the `Concat`

function — as such, you will need to use an Array Formula to add the lengths:

```
=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A:A))
```

(Using `SUMPRODUCT`

instead of `SUM`

means that we can press `Enter` as a normal formula, and everything inside the `SUMPRODUCT`

is treated as an Array Formula, instead of having to press `Ctrl`+`Shift`+`Enter`)

As BigBen has pointed out, you have said that there are sometimes spaces in there. You have 2 ways to deal with this: either `SUBSTUTUTE`

out the Spaces, or `SUBSTITUTE`

out the Xs and take the difference

```
=LEN(SUBSTITUTE(CONCAT(A:A)," ",""))
=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A:A," ","")))
'OR
=LEN(CONCAT(A:A)) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LOWER(CONCAT(A:A)),"x",""))
=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A4))-SUMPRODUCT(LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LOWER(A1:A4),"x","")))
```

(The `LOWER`

is needed, because `SUBSTITUTE`

is Case Sensitive: `=SUBSTITUTE("|XxX|","x")`

gives `|XX|`

, not `||`

)

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