The **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions are two renowned functions in Google Sheets. We use these very often. But there are some differences between these 2 functions. The **COUNT** function can give results for only numerical values but the **COUNTA** function can give results for numerical, text, and other values. In this article, we’ll see the difference between the **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions in Google Sheets with clear steps and images.

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**Introduction to COUNT and COUNTA Functions in Google Sheets**

The **COUNT** function in Google Sheets counts the total number of numerical values in a dataset. The syntax of the **COUNT** function is like below-

`COUNT(value1, [value2, ...])`

The **COUNTA** function in Google Sheets counts the total number of values in a dataset. The values can be text or numbers or other types. The syntax of the **COUNTA** function is like below-

`COUNTA(value1, [value2, ...])`

**7 Differences Between COUNT and COUNTA Functions in Google Sheets**

Let’s get introduced to our dataset first. Here we have some values in **Column B** and their meaning in **Column C**. I have put some values in text format and some values in number format. Now I’ll show you the difference between the **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions in Google Sheets with the help of this dataset.

**Difference 1. Cell Having Text Value**

The first difference between the **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions is that the **COUNTA** function can count both the text and number formatted values. But the **COUNT **function can’t count the text-formatted values. It’ll only count the numerical values. The numerical values can contain a number or time or date but they shouldn’t contain any text. Below we’ll see the steps regarding this method.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, type the following formula in
**Cell B11**–

`=COUNT(B5:B8)`

- Secondly, hit
**Enter**to get the result.

- Then, write the following formula in
**Cell C11**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B8)`

- Next, press
**Enter**to get the output.

- Finally, you’ll see that there are 4 entries in
**Column B**and the**COUNTA**function is counting them all. But the**COUNT**function is counting 3 because of having a text value in**Row 5**.

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**Difference 2. Combination of Text and Number Values**

Unlike, the previous method we have put a combination of text and number values in **Cell B8** of our dataset to see how the **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions react with them. When we put any combination of text and number values in any cell then both functions treat it like a text-formatted value. That’s why in this case the **COUNTA** function will count it but the **COUNT** function won’t. Let’s see the steps.

**Steps:**

- At first, insert the following formula in
**Cell B11**–

`=COUNT(B5:B8)`

- After that, click
**Enter**to get the desired result.

- Thereafter, put the following formula in
**Cell C11**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B8)`

- Afterward, tick
**Enter**to get the desired output.

- At last, the
**COUNTA**function will count all the entries but the**COUNT**function will count 2 out of 4. Because there are a text value in**Row 5**and a combination of text and number value in**Row 8**.

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**Difference 3. Cell Having Logical Value**

Now, I have put a logical formula in **Cell B9** of our dataset and get the output as **TRUE**. The formula is-

`=B6>B8`

Here, we’ll see that the **COUNT** function can not count any logical output. But the **COUNTA** function will count it easily. This is another difference between the **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions in Google Sheets.

**Steps:**

- First of all, type the following formula in
**Cell B12**–

`=COUNT(B5:B9)`

- Consequently, hit the
**Enter**button to get the desired value.

- Again, write the following formula in
**Cell C12**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B9)`

- Moreover, press the
**Enter**button to get the result.

- Ultimately, there are a text value in
**Row 5**and a logical value in**Row 9.**That’s why the**COUNTA**function counts all 5 entries but the**COUNT**function counts 3.

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**Difference 4. Error Value in Cell**

At this moment we have introduced an empty cell in** Row 8** of our dataset. And also we are getting a **#DIV/0! Error** in **Cell B9** because we have inserted the following formula where we divide a number by an empty cell-

`=B6/B8`

Now, we’ll see another difference between the 2 functions. Whereas the **COUNT** function will not count the error value but the **COUNTA** function will count it. Moreover, we’ll find that both functions can count an empty cell.

**Steps:**

- In the first place, insert the following formula in
**Cell B12**–

`=COUNT(B5:B9)`

- Further, click the
**Enter**button to get the output.

- Apart from this put the following formula in
**Cell C12**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B9)`

- Also, tick the
**Enter**button to get the value.

- In the end, the
**COUNTA**function will count 4 and the**COUNT**function will count 2. But there is a total of 5 entries. Both functions will not count the empty cell. And the**COUNT**function will not count the text value in**Row 5**and the error value in**Row 9.**

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**Difference 5. Having Some Spaces**

When we have some spaces left in any cell which might seem like an empty cell but it isn’t. Then the **COUNTA** function includes that cell in its calculation. But the **COUNT** function ignores it. That’s the difference. Like here in our dataset we have some spaces left in **Cell B8**. Let’s see the difference between the **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions in Google Sheets by using this dataset.

**Steps:**

- In the beginning, type the following formula in
**Cell B11**–

`=COUNT(B5:B8)`

- As well as, hit
**Enter**to get the desired result.

- Besides, write the following formula in
**Cell C11**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B8)`

- In addition, press
**Enter**to get the desired output.

- Last but not least, the
**COUNT**function is giving 2 and the**COUNTA**function is giving 4 out of 4 entries. In this case, the**COUNT**function is ignoring the text value in**Row 5**and spaces in**Row 8.**

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**Difference 6. Leading Apostrophe Before Any Value**

There is an apostrophe sign (‘) before number 56 in **Cell B8** of our dataset. For this reason, the format of the cell is changed to **Text** from **Number** automatically. So the **COUNT** function can’t count it this time.

**Steps:**

- Before all, insert the following formula in
**Cell B11**–

`=COUNT(B5:B8)`

- Additionally, click
**Enter**to get the desired value.

- At this time, put the following formula in
**Cell C11**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B8)`

- Subsequently, tick
**Enter**to get the result.

- Finally, the
**COUNT**function is ignoring the text value in**Row 5**and the value leading with an apostrophe (‘) in**Row 8.**Thus producing the result 2. On the other hand, the**COUNTA**function is giving all the values.

**Difference 7. Having Symbols in Cell**

Lastly, I have inserted some symbols in **Cell B9** as you can see below. You’ll be amazed to see that the **COUNTA** function will count it quickly. But the **COUNT** function will ignore it and give the output without it.

**Steps:**

- Earlier on, type the following formula in
**Cell B12**–

`=COUNT(B5:B9)`

- Then, hit the
**Enter**button to get the value.

- Next, write the following formula in
**Cell C12**–

`=COUNTA(B5:B9)`

- After that, press the
**Enter**button to get the output.

- In the end, you’ll see that the
**COUNT**function is giving 3 and the**COUNTA**function is giving 5 out of 5 values. The**COUNT**function doesn’t give results for the text value in**Row 5**and symbols in**Row 9.**

**Conclusion**

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading this article. In this article, I have discussed the difference between **COUNT** and **COUNTA** functions in Google Sheets. Please comment in the comment section if you have any queries about this article. You will also find different articles related to google sheets on our **officewheel.com****.** Visit the site and explore more.

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