I thought I was fairly good with excel but can't work out what I'm doing wrong. I think I'm missing something obvious. It's based around 2 columns in my spreadsheet. Column 1 lists the month a client contacted me- every January contact has "Jan" in the cell, February contacts have "Feb" in the cell etc. I can count how many contacts I have in each month. Column 2 may contain anything (date usually) or be blank. I need to count how many cells in column 2 contain an entry (of any kind) for each month. I can count how many cells have a value for the whole of column 2, but not when linked to what's in column 1. Different months have different numbers of contacts. Eternal thanks to anyone who can give me back my sanity.