Google Sheets – Multiple Columns Count if Cell Contains String… but only Count it once if string in same row more than once


I’ve seen this SO article that comes close to what I want. In that example a person wanted to count the occurrence of a string across multiple columns – but only once if the string appeared in the same row more than once.

The OP in that article had a block of columns all together, B2:E5. My situation is that there are some columns that I don’t want searched inbetween the ones that I do want to search.

Col1, Col2, Col3, Col4, Col5
"a"   "a"   "b"   "c"   "d"
"a"   "b"   "a"   "c"   "d"
"b"   "a"   "c"   "d"   "d"
"b"   "c"   "a"   "d"   "c"

Lets say I want to count the instances of "a" in Col1, Col3, and Col5.

returns 4 because it sees two values in the second row. But I don’t want to count how many cells contain a string, I want to count the row if any of the cells have that string.

How do I get the formula to count only once regardless of how many times the string appears in the row?

>Solution :

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