I’ve seen leaders cripple their own teams by being preoccupied with “control” which conveys a lack of trust. Consequently, the team’s frustration often lowers productivity and reduces loyalty.

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But it’s also flexible about case (upper or lower case don’t affect the outcome)

You may wish to consider applying a FIND/REPLACE for spaces on the data range the COUNTIF() is searching. ]]>

Most modern programming languages (including the ones used to run Excel) apply the asterisk as a multiplication command.

If you’re needing to copy in text (that already has “X” as the multiplier in it) you might try a find/replace to substitute * for X in the copy text.

It’s not currently possible (or recommended) to alter the math operators in Excel.

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