You want to sum values with more than one condition, such as the sum of sales of a certain product in a certain region. This is when you’d use the SUMIFS function in a formula.
Here’s an example where we have two conditions: we want the sum of Meat sales (from column C) in the South region (from column A).
Here’s the formula you’d use:
=SUMIFS(D2:D11,A2:A11,”South”,C2:C11,”Meat”) The result is 14719, and here’s how the formula works.
=SUMIFS is an arithmetic formula. It calculates numbers, which in this case are in column D. So start by telling the formula where the numbers are:
In other words, you want the formula to sum numbers in that column if they meet the conditions. That cell range is your first argument, or piece of data the function needs to run.
Next, you want to find data that meets two conditions, so you enter your first condition by telling the function where the data resides (A2:A11) and what the condition is, which is “South”. Notice the commas between the separate arguments.
Quotation marks around “South” tell Excel it’s using text data.
Finally, you enter the arguments for your second condition – the range of cells (C2:C11) that contains the word “meat,” plus the word itself (surrounded by quotes) so that Excel can match it. End the formula with a closing parenthesis ) and then press Enter to get the result of 14719.
As you type the SUMIFS function in Excel, if you don’t remember the arguments, help is nearby. After you type =SUMIFS( Formula AutoComplete appears beneath the formula, with the list of arguments in their proper order.
Looking at the image of Formula AutoComplete and the list of arguments, in our example sum_range is D2:D11, the column of numbers you want to sum; criteria_range1 is A2.A11, the column of data where criteria1 “South” resides.
As you type, the rest of the arguments will appear in Formula AutoComplete (not shown here); criteria_range2 is C2:C11, the column of data where criteria2 “Meat” resides.
If you click SUMIFS in Formula AutoComplete, an article opens to give you more help.
Give it a try
If you want to play around with the SUMIFS function, here’s some sample data and a formula that uses the function.
You can work with sample data and formulas right here, in this Excel Online workbook. Change values and formulas, or add your own values and formulas and watch the results change, live.
If you’d like to, you can open this workbook in Excel. Just click the Excel icon on the lower-right corner of the workbook , save the file to a convenient place on your computer, and then open it.
- Want more examples? You’ll find more in the SUMIFS function article.
- If you want to create a total value for just one range based on a value in another range, use the SUMIF function.
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