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# excel – Skipping cells in IF/CountIf

Questions:

``````=IF(COUNTIF(D5:D8,">0")<>H5,"Yes","No")
``````

It works fine, but I need the `COUNTIF` to skip 5 cells whenever I drag it down. So `D5:D8` would be `D10:D13` the next cell, then `D15:D18` and so on. I can’t figure out how to do this and I really don’t want to manually change 170+ cells.
If anyone could help I would really appreciate it.

If you add a helper column next to your formula that runs in increments of 5, you can use OFFSET to get a drag down that would constantly offset the way you want: (J1 would be your helper column)

``````=IF(COUNTIF(OFFSET(\$D\$5:\$D\$8,J1,0),">0")<>H5,"Yes","No")
``````

This could also be bootlegged in the formula using (ROW(Reference on this Row)-Starting Row of Formula)*5

``````=IF(COUNTIF(OFFSET(\$D\$5:\$D\$8,(ROW(J1)-1)*5,0),">0")<>H5,"Yes","No")
``````

As @Wedge pointed out, `OFFSET` with `ROW`is a good way to go:

``````=IF(COUNTIF(OFFSET(\$D\$5:\$D\$8,(ROW(1:1)-1)*5,0),">0")<>H5,"Yes","No")
``````

However, `OFFSET` is a volatile function. It will slow down your workbook if you overuse it.

You can avoid this by using `INDEX` instead:

``````=IF(COUNTIF(INDEX(D:D,ROW(1:1)*5):INDEX(D:D,ROW(1:1)*5+3),">0")<>H5,"Yes","No")
``````

``````=IF(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("D" & (ROW(I1)-1)*5+5):INDIRECT("D" & (ROW(I1)-1)*5+8),">0")<>H5,"Yes","No")
Assumptions: the formula is in column `I` and starts at `I1` you may need to adjust the `-1` after the row