Cast your Android screen to Windows 10 – No apps, no cables

If you have an Android phone and you have Windows 10 on your computer, you can project your screen from your phone onto your computer’s screen with no extra apps no cables. These steps and the accompanying screen shots are from a Samsung Galaxy S6.

Smart View

First, take your finger and swipe down from the top of your phone. Swipe down again and you’ll see some of these built-in apps. Swipe to the right and what you’re looking for is Smart View. Press Smart View with your finger and it’s going to start projecting your phone.

Smart View
Smart View

 

Now go back to your computer. Type the Windows key and then type connect into box where you cursor is waiting at the bottom of the Start menu. After you type a few letters, the Connect app will be selected. Press enter to start it.

Search for Connect
Search for Connect
Connect app
Connect app

The Connect app will search for your phone’s signal that is being projecting by Smart View. Your phone and your computer will look for each other and then connect. That’s all. Two steps and we’re already pretty much done. You’ve projected your Android phone screen on to a computer running Windows 10.

Connect on the desktop
Connect on the desktop

Google Sheets – Count cells with text only – not numbers

If you’re using Google sheets and you want to count the number of cells in a range that have text in them, as in text and not a number value, there’s a relatively easy way to do it. But, there are some hiccups with it and so we’re going to go through the easy way and a way which is a little bit more complicated but is more accurate. This tutorial will show you why each one works and which to use.

COUNTIF any text
COUNTIF any text

The COUNTIF may be all you need

Column B has, we’re not going to count the header, two cells with text in it and we got that by using the formula COUNTIF. The syntax is =COUNTIF(B3:B8,"*") which counts any cells with characters in it. That’s what this wildcard character * means. You use the quotes to let Google Sheets know that it’s a character and the asterisks is a special character that means anything. So, this is counting cells if there’s anything. However, if you take a looked at the next column in the live spreadsheet or in the next image, you can see the value is 3 and not 2.

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Dealing with empty spaces

COUNTIF unless empty space
COUNTIF unless empty space

If you’re using the simple COUNTIF formula and you’re getting a number that’s higher than it should be, you may have some cells that have an empty space in them. They have a value, but you can’t see it. In the image above, C8 has one empty space in it. If you want to count that then you’re done here. The COUNTIF function with the asterisk is all you need. But, if you don’t want to count empty spaces, then you can use the function that we have in C10, =COUNTIFS(C3:C8,"*",C3:C8,"<> "). COUNTIFS means count if but plural so there are multiple criteria to consider. The first part is the same COUNTIF if there’s any character. But, we are saying also if it’s not just a blank space. When you put these two together in this compound COUNTIFS function, it doesn’t count the blank space that’s in cell C8.

So, column B is the easy way if you don’t have blank spaces. But, if you do have spaces, you want to use COUNTIFS. Keep in mind though, that the COUNTIFS above is just skipping cells with one space, you will have to extend the function if you have cells with multiple spaces.

Last minute reminders

A few things to remember are if the cell has a true/false value that’s not going to count. If the cell starts with a single quote, no matter what it has, that is going to count. Numbers are not counted by this function unless they’re entered as text. So another way to enter a number as text is to do the single quote then type 333. That’s going to be counted because it’s not really a number, it’s the word if you will 333. I hope that’s helpful, thanks!

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Google Sheets – Count cells containing specific text

If you’re using Google Sheets and you want to count the occurrences of a certain letter or word, there’s a pretty easy function that you can use.

Looking for a word and only that word

In this first set of data in the image above, we will be counting any cells that contain the word “Yellow” and only that word. To count the occurance of the word yellow in the range B2 to B9 you can use the count COUNTIF function as such: =COUNTIF(B2:B9,"yellow"). It performs a conditional count. In this case, only if the cell or ranges of cells is equal to Yellow. Yellow is not case-sensitive so this is going to pick up three instances even though B7 is not capitalized. If the COUNTIF technique is doing everything you need, then you’re done and there is no need to try anything more involved.

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Looking for a word occurring anywhere a cell

COUNTIF with wildcard
COUNTIF with wildcard

In this second set of data, things will get a little bit more complicated. We are looking for a certain word that occurs anywhere in any of these cells. First, you want to use COUNTIF again and give it a range =COUNTIF(C2:C9, "*Yellow*"). For this example, the range will be C2 to C9. If it has the word yellow and anything before which is what asterisk means, and anything after it which is the second asterisk, then it should be counted.. It just has to have yellow in some part of it. Anything can be nothing so it can start or end with yellow too. This function is also counting 3 because of the yellow plane, the yellow car, and the little yellow boat.

I hope that was helpful and now you know the formula for counting any occurrences of any word that you’re looking for.

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Google Sheets – Count cells that are not blank

If you’re using Google sheets and you want to count the number of cells if they’re not blank, there’s a couple different ways to do this and some complications that you might run into.

COUNTA ussualy works

I’m going to show you the easy way and a little bit harder way if you run into trouble. Let’s use COUNTA with the range from B3 to B9. The sytax, as also shown in the image above and the linked Google Sheet, is =COUNTA(B3:B9). This is the easy, straightforward way that’ll probably work most of the time. COUNTA is a built-in function. It will count any cell with a value and within the specified range. If that works for you, then you’re done. Don’t worry about it.

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Longer formula
Longer formula

But, if we go to column C, things can get a little bit more complicated. This column looks like it has the same number of values, right? However, the COUNTA has the same range but is picking up seven instead of six. That’s happening because I snuck an blank space in C5. You may want to count this blank space since it is technically a value even though you cannot see it. If that’s the case, then then you’re done. COUNTA will work and the result of seven.

Longer function to not count white space

But, if you don’t want to count this blank cell, if you just want to count what appears to have data in it, and you don’t really consider an empty space to be data, then you have to use a little bit more complicated formula. If you look at the function that’s in cell C12, =SUMPRODUCT(--(LEN(C3:C9)>0)) it is saying add up everything when this function – LEN returns something greater than zero. This function is counting the number of characters. The function will pull out the spaces that don’t really have any characters and, if that’s what you want, then that’s the way to get it done.

Now you have two different choices to count the number of cells that are not blank. A simple COUNTA for cells with no values at all, and the longer alternative to not count cells with empty spaces

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Google Sheets – Count cells greater or less than an amount

If you’re using Google Sheets and you have a column of data in which you want to count the number of items that are greater or less than a certain amount, there’s a couple small nuances to it, but generally it’s pretty easy.

Column of numbers
Column of numbers
Column of numbers with COUNT function
Numbers with a count

To perform this count using the data in the images above, we’ll be using the COUNTIF function in cell C11. This is a function that’s going to count a range if a certain criteria is met.

  • Place your cursor in cell C11 and type =COUNTIF(C3:C9,">30000"). The C3 is the start of the range and C9 is the end.
  • After you type the range into the function, enter a comma. That lets Google Sheets know that you are done with the range.
  • Then, enter the criteria surround by quotes. We’re going to do anything greater than 30,000. Don’t put a comma in your 30000 or it’s going to think it’s text instead of number.

After you entered the formula, you can see there are four items over 30,000 and this counted them. Easy as pie.

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