Excel allows us to sum all values from a table that are greater than selected value by using the SUMIF function. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in summing values from the table with a certain condition.
Figure 1. The final result of the SUMIF function
Syntax of the SUMIF formula
=SUMIF(range, criteria, [sum_range])
The parameters of the SUMIF function are:
- range – a range of cells which we want to evaluate
- criteria – criteria for summing data
- [sum_range] – a range of cells that we want to sum. This parameter is not mandatory, so if it’s omitted, a range will be summed.
Setting up Our Data for the SUMIF Function
Our table consists of 3 columns: “Delivery Number” (column B), “Delivery Date” (column C) and “Amount” (column D). In cell G2, we specify a lower limit, while in cell G3 we want to get a sum of all amounts greater than the lower limit.
Figure 2. Data that we will use in the SUMIF example
Sum Amount greater than the Condition
We want to sum all amounts from column D that are greater than the lower limit ($500).
The formula looks like:
The range is D3:D9, while the criteria is “>”&G2.
To apply the SUMIFS function, we need to follow these steps:
- Select cell G3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
- Press enter
Figure 3. Using the SUMIF function to sum values greater than the limit
We see in this example that the formula sums all the amounts that are greater than $500. As you can see, rows 3($1,000), 5 ($700), 6 ($650) and 7($1,200) meet both conditions, so corresponding amounts are summed. Finally, the sum in the cell G3 is $3,550.
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