FIND that searches multiple fields?

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Hi everyone,

I’m using Airtable to help reformat some .csv attendance sheets that are a pain. There is only one export option that comes in as Person ID for the primary field, then each event comes in as a text field with an X to mark attendance.


I’m going for a way to count total # of attended events in a month. I’ve been using the FIND function to find “X” and give me a total, but I haven’t figured out the correct way to FIND across multiple fields (ie - all January events, etc.). I’m new to formulas, so I’m not even sure I can.

This works fine for a single event, but I need to find a way to include multiple event fields.

FIND(“X”, {Jan 8, 2019 AM Meeting})

Thoughts are appreciated! Thanks!

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…and now I’ve figured out how to make nested FIND formulas within a SUM formula.

For the record, and in hopes it helps someone else, I did…

(FIND(“X”, {Jan 8, 2019 AM Meeting})),
(FIND(“X”, {Jan 8, 2019 PM Meeting})),
(FIND(“X”, {Jan 15, 2019 AM Meeting})),
(FIND(“X”, {Jan 15, 2019 PM Meeting})))

Alternatively, as long as your meting fields are either 'X' or empty, you could use COUNTA():


Or, in your case

    {Jan 8, 2019 AM Meeting},
    {Jan 8, 2019 PM Meeting},
    {Jan 15, 2019 AM Meeting},
    {Jan 15, 2019 PM Meeting}

This also avoids possible problems if someone enters ' X' (leading space) or 'x' (wrong case) — the former would result in an overcount, the latter in an undercount. :winking_face: