What does it do?

Sums the values in a range that meet a criteria that you specify

Formula breakdown:

=SUMIF(Range or Cells, Criteria, [Sum_Range])

What it means:

=SUMIF(Evaluate this Range/Cells, With this Criteria, [Optional Sum Range])


The SUMIF function is used widely amongst spreadsheet users as it is a simple Excel function.  It allows you to Sum the values in a range that meet a criteria that you specify.

So if you want to Sum a range of sales values that are above $3,000 then this is the best Excel function to use, as I explain below.

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We want to get the sum of the sales amounts that are above $3000.

STEP 1: We need to enter the SUMIF function in a blank cell:

=SUMIF(

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STEP 2: The SUMIF arguments:

Range

What is your range that contains the source data?

Highlight the column that contains the sales data

=SUMIF(D15:D23,

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Criteria

Which records do you want to sum together?

Since we want to sum the amounts greater than 3000, then let’s type in >3000

=SUMIF(D15:D23, “>3000”)

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Just like that, Excel has selectively found the values and summed them together!

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How to Use the Sumif Formula in Excel

 

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