**COUNTIF** function is one of the most basic & simple operations in **MS Excel** that can be used to count 0 (**Zero**), greater than 0, or less than 0 under lots of criteria from multiple columns. In this article, I’ll try to guide you through the proper illustrations of how we can utilize this **COUNTIF** function precisely to determine the range of cells containing numbers greater than 0 (**Zero**).

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**Introduction to COUNTIF Function**

**Syntax**

`COUNTIF(range, criteria)`

**Arguments**

** range: **Range of cells to be selected.

** criteria: **Criteria of the cells that need to be assigned.

**Function**

**Counts the number of cells within the range** that meet the given condition.

**Example**

In the picture below, a list of color names is given. If we want to know how many times Red is there then we have to type in the output cell-

`=COUNTIF(B2:B11,"Red")`

After pressing **Enter**, we’ll see there are **4** instances of **Red** in the list.

## 6 Ideal Examples of COUNTIF Function to Count Greater Than 0 (Zero)

To determine how many cells satisfy a requirement, we use **the COUNTIF function**. This is one of the statistical functions in Excel.

**1. Count Cells Greater Than 0 (Zero) with COUNTIF**

Now, here’s our dataset with goals & assists in **15** matches of a footballer in a season. He has not played **2** matches (Match **6** & **9**) and the cells are blank there. We want to count how many goals he has scored.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Select output
**Cell F13**& type-

`=COUNTIF(C5:C19,">0")`

- Press
**Enter**& you’ll find the total of**9**matches he has scored.

**NOTE:**Keep in mind, while inputting the criteria for greater or less than a number in the

**COUNTIF**function, you have to put it between

**Double-Quotes**(“

**…**“).

**Read More:** **How to Use COUNTIF Between Two Numbers (4 Methods)**

**2. Add Ampersand(&) with COUNTIF Function to Count Cells Greater than 0(Zero)**

We can also type our criteria for greater than zero by using** Ampersand (&)**. As we’re now going to find how many matches the player has provided assists to the goal, we have to consider **Column D** now.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Type in
**Cell F13**–

`=COUNTIF(D5:D19,">"&0)`

- Press
**Enter**& you’ll see the footballer has assisted in**8**instances out of**15**matches.

Here, we’re using **Ampersand(&)** after **Double-Quotes** to join the **“Greater Than”** criteria with **0**.

**Read More:** **Excel COUNTIF with Greater Than and Less Than Criteria**

**3. Compute Cells Data Greater Than or Equal to 0(Zero) with Excel COUNTIF Function**

Now we want to count cells containing numbers greater than 0. In our dataset, we can apply it to count the number of matches the footballer has played.

**📌**** Steps:**

- In
**Cell E13**, we have to type-

`=COUNTIF(C5:C19,">=0")`

- Then, press
**Enter**& we’ll see the player has played a total of**13**matches as there are two blank cells in our dataset which have not been counted.

**Read More:** **Count Blank Cells with Excel COUNTIF Function: 2 Examples**

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**4. ****And Less Than Another Number with COUNTIF to ****Count Greater Than 0 (Zero)**

Here’s another case where we want to find a number greater than 0 but less than 2. For our dataset, we can use this logic to count the number of matches the player has scored only 1 goal.

**📌**** Steps:**

- In
**Cell F13**, we have to type-

`=COUNTIF(C5:C19,">0") - COUNTIF(C5:C19,">=2")`

- Press
**Enter**& you’ll notice 5 matches the player has scored only 1 goal.

**🔎**** How Does The Formula Work?**

First of all, we’re finding out how many matches he has scored & it’s **9** in total. Then, We’re determining the number of matches he has scored **2** or more goals & the number is **4**. After subtracting the resultant value of **2nd** criterion from the 1st one, we’ll get the total number of matches he has scored exactly **1** goal.

**Read More:** **How to Apply COUNTIF Between Two Cell Values in Excel**

**5. Utilize COUNTIFS Function under Multiple AND Criteria from Different Columns**

If we want to add more than one criterion while counting cells greater than 0, then we have to use **the COUNTIFS function** where multiple criteria can be added easily. So, now we want to know how many matches the footballer has scored goals as well as provided assists.

**📌**** Steps:**

- In
**Cell F13**, type-

`=COUNTIFS(C5:C19,">0",D5:D19,">0")`

- Further, press
**Enter**& you’ll see the player has contributed to both goals & assists**7**times out of**15**matches.

**NOTE:**To add multiple criteria, we have to simply use

**Comma(,)**to separate two criteria.

**Read More:** **COUNTIF That Does Not Contain Multiple Criteria in Excel**

**6. Combine COUNTIF & COUNTIFS Functions under Multiple OR Criteria from Different Columns**

And in our last example, we’ll use **COUNTIF **along with **COUNTIFS** functions together. This time we’re going to find the number of matches where the player has either scored goals or providing assists.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Firstly, in
**Cell F13**, the formula for our criteria will be-

`=COUNTIF(C5:C19,">0") + COUNTIF(D5:D19,">0") - COUNTIFS(C5:C19,">0",D5:D19,">0")`

- Now, press
**Enter**& you’re done. - So, in a total of
**10**matches, the footballer has either scored goals or provided assists out of**15**instances.

**🔎**** How Does The Formula Work?**

By using **Plus (+)** between two **COUNTIF** functions, we’re separately determining the number of matches the player has scored goals & provided assists. So, here the return value will be **9+8=17**. After that, the **COUNTIFS **function will find out how many matches the player has both scored goals & provided assists. Here the resultant count is **7**. By subtracting the resultant value found through the previous step from that of 1st step, the final output will be **10 **(**17-7=10**).

**Read More:** **Apply COUNTIF Function in Multiple Ranges for Same Criteria**

**Concluding Words**

I hope I’ve covered all possible criteria & methods we can use **COUNTIF** as well as **COUNTIFS** functions to count the cells greater than 0 in this article. If you think I’ve missed one that should’ve been added too then please let me know in the comment section. You can also have a look at our other interesting & informative articles related to Excel functions on this website.

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There are a load of numbers in my cells and I just get 0.

Thank you, Dan, for your comment. If the values are in text format, then the

COUNTIFfunction willreturn zero. You can see that we have used a IF formula, which returns TRUE when the value from columnBis greater than five. Notice the output is in text format.C, it will return zero.asterisks(*) with the criteria.Cto return TRUE or FALSE as Boolean values.COUNTIFfunction will return the correct value.However, if this doesn’t solve your problem, you can mail us your Excel file to:

[email protected], and we’ll try to solve it as soon as possible.