# How to Use COUNTIF with OR in Excel

This guide will explain how to use the COUNTIF function with OR logic in Microsoft Excel.

We can use the COUNTIF function if we need to know how many values in a range fit at least one condition out of the several provided.

The `COUNTIF` function primarily counts the number of cells in a range that fit certain criteria. However, we can also use the `COUNTIF` function to count the number of cells that fall under one of several criteria.

Let’s take a look at a quick example where you might need to count cells that fit one of several criteria.

Suppose you have a table of customer data. You want to know the number of users from New York or Los Angeles.

We can use the `COUNTIF` function to calculate the number of people from both New York and Los Angeles. We can add the result of both of these formulas to find the total.

You can also use an array of conditions as an argument in our `COUNTIF` function. We’ll need to use the `SUM` function to get the total of all the results.

Now that we know when to use the `COUNTIF` function, let’s learn how to use it and work on an actual sample spreadsheet.

## A Real Example of Using COUNTIF with OR in Excel

The following section provides two different examples of how to use `COUNTIF` for several criteria. We will also explain the formulas and tools used in these examples.

First, let’s take a look at our sample data. We have a list of orders with a specified order amount and location. We want to know how many of our orders come from either New York or Los Angeles. You can add two `COUNTIF` function results together to determine the count. To get the value in D4, we just need to use the following formula:

`=COUNTIF(A2:A21;"New York") + COUNTIF(A2:A21;"Los Angeles")`

We can also apply an array argument to the `COUNTIF` function to achieve the same result. To get the value in D4, we just need to use the following formula:

`=SUM(COUNTIF(A2:A21;{"Los Angeles","New York"}))`

Do you want to take a closer look at our examples? You can make your own copy of the spreadsheet above using the link attached below.

Use our sample spreadsheet to see the difference between both methods yourself.

If you’re ready to try using `COUNTIF` with OR logic, head over to the next section to read our step-by-step breakdown on how to do it!

## How to Use COUNTIF with OR in Excel

This section will guide you through each step needed to start using `COUNTIF` with OR logic in Excel. You’ll learn how to add the results of two `COUNTIF` functions and how to use an array of conditions as an argument.

Follow these steps to start using the `COUNTIF` function for counting cells that fit one of several criteria:

1. First, let’s try to add two `COUNTIF` results together. Start by using the `COUNTIF` function to count cells that fit the first condition. In the example above, we used the `COUNTIF` function to count the number of orders coming from New York.
2. Next, use the ‘+’ addition symbol to add another `COUNTIF` formula. The second `COUNTIF` formula should query the same range. The addition symbol will ensure that the formula will follow OR logic since both results will count to the total. 3. Hit the Enter key to evaluate the formula. In the example above, we could determine that 14 of our orders came from either New York or Los Angeles.
4. Next, we’ll try the array method for using `COUNTIF` on multiple criteria. Start by adding a `SUM` function on a new cell. 5. Our `SUM` function’s argument is a single `COUNTIF` function. Indicate the range of the `COUNTIF` function. In our example, we want to count cells in the range A2:A21.
6. Next, we’ll provide an array of conditions for the second argument of the `COUNTIF` function. The function will return a range of values rather than a single value. This is why we needed to add a `SUM` function to get the total of all the `COUNTIF` results. 7. Hit the Enter key to return the final count. These are all the steps needed to use `COUNTIF` with OR logic in Excel.

This step-by-step guide should provide you with all the information you need to use the `COUNTIF` function with OR logic in Excel.

We’ve shown you how you can add multiple `COUNTIF` results together to determine the number of cells in a range fit one of several provided criteria. We’ve also explained how you can use an array of conditions as an argument for the `COUNTIF` function.

The `COUNTIF` function is just one example of the many Excel functions you can use in your spreadsheets. Our website offers hundreds of other functions and methods to help you get more out of Microsoft Excel.

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