How to sum cells by criteria

Excel 365 2016 2013 2010 2007
Use SUMIF if you need to sum values for a particular person or other criterion.

To sum cells by criteria, do the following:

   1.   Select the cell that will contain the result.

SUMIF example Excel 2003

   2.   Do one of the following to open the Insert Function dialog box:

  • Select Insert -> Function...
  • Click the Sum button in the Standard toolbar and then select More Functions...:
    Sum button Excel 2003
  • Click the Insert Function button Insert Function button in the left of the edit bar:
    Edit bar Excel 2003

   3.   In the Insert Function dialog box:

  • select Math & Trig in the Or select a category listbox
  • select SUMIF in the Select a function list
Insert Function Excel 2003

Then press OK.

   4.   In the Function Arguments dialog box, fill following fields:

  • The Range field determines the range of cells Excel will look to perform the count in. In this example the cell range is B2:B20.
  • The Criteria is a conditional statement that is similar to the conditional statement in the IF statement.
  • The Sum_range field tells Excel which cells to add when the criteria is met for each cell in the range. In this example the cell range is D2:D20

   5.   Press OK.

Note: You can enter this formula using keyboard, for this example:

= SUMIF (B2:B20, "Stephen Revay", D2:D20)


  • You can use the wildcard characters, question mark (?) and asterisk (*), in criteria. A question mark matches any single character; an asterisk matches any sequence of characters. If you want to find an actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) before the character. For example:
    Mark example Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Excel provides additional functions that can be used to analyze your data based on a condition or criteria:
    • To count the number of occurrences of a string of text or a number within a range of cells, use the COUNTIF function (see How to count cells by criteria for more details).
    • To have a formula return one of two values based on a condition, use the IF function.
    • To analyze data in a list based on criteria, such as profit margins or product types, use the database and list management functions (DCOUNT, DCOUNTA, DSUM etc.).

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