COUNTUNIQUE: Google Sheets Formulas Explained

Hey there, fellow spreadsheet enthusiasts! Today, I am eager to talk about one of my all-time favorite formulas - COUNTUNIQUE in Google Sheets. If you're not already familiar with the COUNTUNIQUE formula, then stick around, because you're in for a real treat!

As someone who works in the marketing industry, I can tell you that nothing is more important than having accurate and up-to-date data. But with thousands of rows of data, it can be a real pain to figure out how many unique entries you’ve got. Fortunately, COUNTUNIQUE can save the day. But what is it, exactly? And how does COUNTUNIQUE differentiate itself from other formulas? Let's dive in.


Let's start with the basics: COUNTUNIQUE is a function in Google Sheets that allows you to count the number of unique entries in a given range. In other words, you can use COUNTUNIQUE to count how many different values are in a range, regardless of whether they appear once or multiple times.

For example, if you have a column of names and you want to know how many different names there are, you can use the COUNTUNIQUE formula to get the answer instead of counting each one manually. How easy is that?


Using COUNTUNIQUE is not rocket science. Trust me on this one. 😉 Here's how you can use COUNTUNIQUE:

  1. Select the cell where you want to display the result.
  2. Type “=COUNTUNIQUE” in the function bar.
  3. Select the range you want to count. This can be a single column, multiple columns, or even the entire sheet if you want.
  4. Close the brackets and voila! You now have your unique count.

It’s just that simple. Refer to the image below for a visual example:


Of course, COUNTUNIQUE can be used in various scenarios, so feel free to get creative with it. Just make sure you always select the correct range.

What Makes COUNTUNIQUE Stand Out?

Now, you may wonder why COUNTUNIQUE is any different from other similar formulas, like COUNTA and COUNTIF. The answer is simple: COUNTUNIQUE only counts unique values. COUNTA counts all non-empty cells within a range, even duplicates, while COUNTIF counts only cells that meet a specific criteria.

Here are some examples to illustrate the difference:

  • =COUNTA(B2:B9) would count all the cells in B2:B9, including duplicate entries.
  • =COUNTIF(B2:B9,"Apples") would count how many cells in B2:B9 that contain the word "Apples".
  • =COUNTUNIQUE(B2:B9) would only count how many unique values there are in B2:B9.

Basically, if you need to count unique values, COUNTUNIQUE is the way to go.

Wrapping Up

There you have it, folks - a quick and easy guide to using the COUNTUNIQUE formula in Google Sheets. With this formula, you can effortlessly count unique values in any range, making your life a little bit easier. And who doesn't want that?

So next time you're stuck manually counting boring data, just remember, COUNTUNIQUE has got your back. Happy counting!

Thanks for reading. If you found this article helpful, feel free to share it with your fellow spreadsheet lovers. Until next time!

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