New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 634th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to build logical formulas for counting with criteria or conditional formatting so that the comparison is between text and text or numbers and numbers. Text-to-number comparisons (e.g., 2003 to "2003") do not yield matches. Learn how to convert text to a number or a number to text to overcome this problem.