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Sum If Ends With

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Excel allows a user to sum cells that end with certain characters, by using the SUMIF function. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in summing cells that end with selected text.

Figure 1. The result of the SUMIF function

Syntax of the SUMIF Formula

The generic formula for the SUMIF function is:

=SUMIF(range, criteria, [sum_range])

The parameters of the SUMIF function are:

  • range – a range where we want to apply our criteria
  • criteria – a criteria which we want to apply to a range
  • [sum_range] – a range where we want to sum. This is an optional parameter. If we omit it, the function will sum amounts from a range parameter.

Setting up Our Data for the SUMIF Function

Figure 2. Data that we will use in the SUMIF example

In the data table, we have 4 columns:  “Delivery Number” (column B), “Delivery Date” (column C), “City” (column D) and “Amount” (column E). In the cell H2, we have a criteria for the function, while in H3 we want to get a sum.

Count Cells That End With a Certain Text

In our example, we want to sum all values from column E, for which value in column D ends with “CA”.

The formula looks like:

=SUMIF(D3:D9, H2, E3:E9)

The parameter range is D3:D9 and the criteria is in the cell H2. The sum_range is E3:E9. We have to put an asterisk in criteria (*CA). An asterisk stands for any character.

To apply the SUMIF function, we need to follow these steps:

  • Select cell H3 and click on it
  • Insert the formula: =SUMIF(D3:D9, H2, E3:E9)
  • Press enter

Figure 3. Counting the cells that begins with a certain text

As you can see, cells D3, D4, D8 and D9 end with “CA”, so the result of the function in the cell H3 is $2,050.

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