What is the extra S in the function name?
The old functions SUMIF and COUNTIF let you add or count a range of numbers based on one criterion. For example, you could count all the members who have paid the annual fee in the table below. With SUMIFS and COUNTIFS you can have multiple criteria, e.g. count all the members who have a Silver membership and who have paid the annual fee.
How to use a wildcard
In the example below I have used the COUNTIFS function to count the number of members who fulfill the two criteria. But if you also want to be able to apply only one criterion without changing the setup, you can use a wildcard. Here’s how I’ve done it:
In a previous post we learned how to make an Excel drop-down menu in 3 minutes. In this post I will show a very easy way to make a drop-down list in Excel that changes depending on what you have chosen in another cell. It’s easy, and it only takes five minutes!
Step 1: Enter the data
It is absolutely critical that the data table is set up correctly: The main category (the countries in this example) should be in one column, and the sub-categories (the cities) in the other columns, with the countries repeated as headings.
Creating a drop-down menu in Excel may look difficult, but it’s actually super easy! It won’t take you more than 3 minutes the first time you do it, and when you get the hang of it, it only takes a few seconds!
Just follow these 3 steps to create a drop-down list in Excel: