How to Use COUNTIF for Date Range in Excel (6 Suitable Approaches)

Here’s an overview of the sample dataset and an example of the COUNTIF function to count data based on multiple criteria. The function is counting the deliveries based on five criteria from the dataset to the right.

Introduction to the COUNTIF Function in Excel

• Objective of the Function:

Counts the number of cells within a range that meets the given condition.

• Formula Syntax:

=COUNTIF(range, criteria)

• Arguments:

range- Range of cells that will be subject to the criteria.

criteria- Selected criteria for the range of cells.

• Example:

In the sample dataset, the columns from B to F represent random names of computer brands, device categories, model names, purchase dates, and delivery dates. We’ll find how many notebooks are in the table.

Steps:

• Select Cell H15 and insert:
`=COUNTIF(C5:C27, "Notebook")`
• Press Enter and you’ll get the result.

In the 1st argument, the Cell Range C5:C27 has been added which represents all device types. We’ve included the criteria by simply typing Notebook within Quotation Marks(“ ”). You can also use a cell reference of a cell that contains Notebook (outside of the main dataset), which allows you to search more dynamically.

6 Suitable Uses of the COUNTIF Function for a Date Range in Excel

Example 1 – COUNTIF to Count Dates Excluding Blank Cells

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in cell H15, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIF(F5:F27,"<>"&"")`

In this formula, we are excluding blank cells by typing “<>”&”” in the Criteria argument. By using Ampersand(&), we’re connecting the “Not Equal to” symbol with “Blank Cells”.

Example 2 – COUNTIF to Count Dates Before a Fixed Date

We want to find out the number of purchase dates before 5/1/2021.

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in cell H15, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIF(E5:E27,"<5/1/2021")`

Read More: COUNTIF Date Is within 7 Days

Example 3 – COUNTIF to Count Dates After a Fixed Date

We’ll determine the number of dates newer than 4/30/2021.

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in cell H15, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIF(E5:E27,">4/30/2021")`

Example 4 – COUNTIF or COUNTIFS to Count Dates Between Two Fixed Dates

We’ll determine the number of total purchases between 4/15/2021 and 5/15/2021.

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in cell H15, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIF(E5:E27,">4/15/2021")-COUNTIF(E5:E27,">5/15/2021")`

The COUNTIFS function allows us to add multiple criteria for two different dates.

• Insert the following formula in cell H15, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIFS(E5:E27,">4/15/2021",E5:E27,"<5/15/2021")`

Example 5 – Combining COUNTIF with the TODAY Function to Count Cells up to the Current Date

We’ll find how many purchases have been completed up to the current date.

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in cell H15, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIF(E5:E27,"<="&TODAY())`

Example 6 – COUNTIFS to Count Dates with Multiple Conditions or Criteria

We’ll return the items that fulfill the following criteria: Omicron brand, notebook device, OMN34 as model name, and date of purchase after 4/1/2021. We’ll also find the number of total deliveries up to the current date for those conditions.

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in cell I17, then hit Enter.
`=COUNTIFS(B5:B27,I12,C5:C27,I13,D5:D27,I14,E5:E27,">4/1/2021",F5:F27,"<="&TODAY())`

• To find any delivery under the given criteria that is still pending, insert the following formula in Cell I18:
`=COUNTIFS(B5:B27,I12,C5:C27,I13,D5:D27,I14,E5:E27,">4/1/2021",F5:F27,"Pending")`

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1. Thank you so much! This article was extremely helpful. The sixth section was exactly what I was looking for.

2. I tried using the formula within a date range and it counts some of the data, but not all. I can manually see there should be 70 and it is only counting 50. I double checked all the data to make sure the dates are listed correctly. Can you help me figure out why It is not counting all the data? Do I need to clear out the dates and reinsert them?

Osman Goni Ridwan Aug 4, 2022 at 4:20 PM

Hello SONYA, you can face this issue because of the following reasons:
1. Incorrect Cell Ranges used in the formula
2. The Date format used in the formula is not correct. You have to use a similar data format both in the cells and formulas.

Check these things in your workbook and let us know the outcome. Thanks!

3. I have a spreadsheet that has a column for name, active date and inactive date. I need to somehow do a count of users that were active during a certain month. For example, I need to know how many users were active in say, June 2024. According to the data below, the first 4 should be counted (test 2 and 3 is still active). Test 5 wouldn’t be counted because they left in May. I have no idea how to write a formula for that. Can anyone help?
A) B) C)
Name Active date Inactive Date
Test 11/15/23 06/15/24
Test2 09/28/23
Test3 05/11/24
Test4 12/06/23 08/15/24
Test5 01/15/24 05/03/24

• Hello Candy Neal,

To count how many users were active during June 2024, you can use a formula that checks if the active date is before or equal to the end of the month and if the inactive date (if it exists) is after the beginning of the month.

Insert the following formula in cell D2 and drag it down:

=IF(AND(B2<=DATE(2024,6,30), OR(C2="", C2>=DATE(2024,6,1))), 1, 0)
If you want to use it for other months change the date range in the formula.

To count total active users, insert the following formula in E2 cell:

=SUM(D2:D6)