We can sum multiple columns conditionally by specifying a criterion. We can do this with a formula that is based on the SUMPRODUCT function. The steps below will walk through the process.
Figure 1: Result of the Sum of Multiple Columns with Football as the Criterion
Setting up the Data
- We will set up the data by inserting the values into Column A to Column D
- We will input football sum in Cell E4 as football will be the criterion in this example
- The result will be displayed in Cell F4 which is currently empty
Figure 2: How to Sum if One Criteria Multiple Columns
Inserting the Formula
- We will click on Cell F4
- We will insert the formula below into the cell
Figure 3: How to Sum if One Criteria Multiple Columns
- We will click on enter
Figure 4: Result of the Sum of Multiple Columns with Football as the Criterion
In the formula, we use the SUMPRODUCT function to check if Cell A4 to Cell A9 contains “football.” We will have an array result of TRUE or FALSE like this:
This is multiplied by the values in the range B4:D9, where TRUE represents 1 and FALSE represents 0.
The result inside the SUMPRODUCT function looks like this:
The product is summed and the result is 24 as shown in figure 4.
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