This article illustrates how to use the **SUMIF **function to sum up values corresponding to blank or empty cells in Excel. Even though blank cells are usually considered insignificant, they can sometimes provide valuable information in a dataset. If this is the case, it may be required to sum the data for these cells. To learn how to perform this, read the article carefully.

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## Use Excel SUMIF with Blank Cells: 3 Easy Methods

In this section, we will demonstrate 3 effective methods of using **the SUMIF function **to sum up values corresponding to blank cells or empty cells in Excel with appropriate illustrations. For example, let’s take a dataset where a charitable organization named** Save the Poor** has a list of donations.

Here, in the column of** Donor Name**, the blank cells represent those donors who don’t want to expose their names while donating. Now, we are interested in calculating the **total anonymous donation**, which means to sum up the **Donation Amounts** next to blank cells. To do that, we can use the following methods.

### 1. Summing Up Total Run of Unnamed Players

We can use the following formula, consisting of the **SUMIF **function, to sum up the donation amount corresponding to the blank cells.

`=SUMIF(B5:B14,"",C5:C14)`

After clicking **Enter**, you should see the following results.

**📌 ****How Does the Formula Work?**

**SUMIF(B5:B14,””,C5:C14)**

Here,

**B5:B14-**This is the range (**Donor Name**column) upon which the criteria will be checked.**“”**– As we need to look for blank cells in the**B5:B14**range, we set the argument empty inside inverted commas.**C5:C14**is the sum range (**Donation Amount**). The**SUMIF**function only sums those cells in the range**C5:C14**whose corresponding cells in**B5:B14**are blank.

### 2. Summing Up Pseudo Blank Cells Using Trim Function and Helper Column

Sometimes we need to sum up values corresponding to cells that **look blank or empty**, but in reality, they contain **white spaces**. It can happen due to improper data extraction from other sources into Excel. For illustration, here we introduce some **white spaces** in the first two of three blank cells that we saw in the previous example. Hence, the **SUMIF **function will only take the last truly blank cell and display 100 as a result.

Hence, to correct the result, we need to trim the whitespace using **the TRIM function** and store the result in a separate **Helper Column**.

`=TRIM(B5)`

In the above picture, we can see that we have used the **TRIM **function in cell **C5 **to remove the white spaces from both ends of the text (leading and trailing spaces).

Now, we use the **Fill Handle** feature to autofill the rest of the cells from **C6 **to **C14**.

Now, we apply the **SUMIF **function while using the **Helper Column** as the criteria range in cell **F5**.

`=SUMIF(C5:C14,“”,D5:D14)`

As a result, we will get our desired result, which is **550**.

__Alternative: Summing Up Pseudo Blank Cells Without Helper Column__

If you are not a fan of using the helper column, you can use the following formula consisting of the **SUMPRODUCT**, **LEN****, **and **TRIM **functions to sum up the cells corresponding to all pseudo blank cells.

`=SUMPRODUCT(--(LEN(TRIM(B5:B14))=0),C5:C14)`

Consequently, you will get the same result.

**📌 ****How Does the Formula Work?**

**TRIM(B5:B14)**

This function will trim off all the leading and trailing spaces (white spaces) from the range of cells **B5:B14**.

**LEN(TRIM(B5:B14))=0**

This will logically test whether any cell from the range **B5:B14** has a length of 0 (blank). It will return **True **for blank cells and **False **for non-blank cells.

**(–(LEN(TRIM(B5:B14))=0)**

The double dash (–) converts the **Trues **and **Falses **into **1s **and **0s**, respectively.

**SUMPRODUCT(–(LEN(TRIM(B5:B14))=0),C5:C14)**

The **SUMPRODUCT **function will multiply each element of the **1st array** consisting of 1s and 0s with the corresponding elements of the 2nd array, which consists of **Donation Amount **and then sum up all the products together.

### 3. Use of VBA SUMIF to Sum Cells Corresponding to Blank Cells

Many users prefer to use **VBA** to perform a task. In this example, we will apply VBA code to sum cells corresponding to blank cells in cell **E5 **in Excel that we have shown in the first example.

Now, to use the VBA code, follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- Open the VBA Editor by clicking
**ALT+F11**.

- Now, click the left button on the mouse on the sheet name to open the sheet module.

- Now, write the following code.

**VBA Code Syntax:**

```
Sub Sum_Blank()
Range("E5").Value = Application.WorksheetFunction.SumIf(Range("B5:B14"), "", Range("C5:C14"))
End Sub
```

- Now, run the code by clicking
**F5**. As a result, you will see the desired result on cell**E5**.

**📌 ****How Does the Code Work?**

The code utilizes the **SumIf **method of** Application.WorksheetFunction**. Of the arguments of the **SumIf **method, the 1st argument **Range(“B5:B14”) **is the range where criteria will be checked. The 2nd argument “” implies that the method will look for blank/empty cells. Finally, the third argument, **Range(“C5:C14”) **is the sum range.

The result is displayed on the **E5 **cell of the worksheet.

## Sum Values Based on Non-Blank Cells

If you want to sum cells corresponding to non-blank cells from the dataset that we have used in the 1st example, you can do that only by slightly modifying the formula like this below.

`=SUMIF(B5:B14,"<>",C5:C14)`

As a result, you will get the desired result.

**📌 ****How Does the Formula Work?**

**SUMIF(B5:B14,”<>”,C5:C14)**

Here,

**B5:B14**range is the criteria range upon which the criteria will be checked.**“<>”**is the criterion that checks for non-blank cells.**C5:C14**is the sum range.

**Read More: **How to Use SUMIF Function to Sum Not Blank Cells in Excel

**Excel Sum Blank Cells As Zero**

On occasion, instead of displaying the result of a sum as **0**, it may be more practical to display the result as a **blank** cell in Excel. In this section, we will learn how to display zero sum results as blank cells in Excel. For illustration, suppose we have four columns, and in the bottom cells, their sums are calculated.

Here, we can see that **B14 **and **E14 **have **0 **sum values. Now, our target is to display them as blank cells. To do that, follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- Select the bottom row or the cells where you want to change the display format. Then right-click on the mouse. As a result, a
**context menu**will appear. From the context menu, click on**Format Cells**.

- Now, a new window named
**Format Cells**will appear. From the menu, click on**Custom**from the**category**tab in the left corner. Then on the Type bar, write**General;General;;@**. Finally, click**OK**.

- As a result, you will see that the cells that contain 0 are being displayed as blank cells.

**Things to Remember**

- Be aware whether your dataset contains any white spaces or pseudo blank cells. If that is the case, then use the 2nd method.
- For a clean dataset without pseudo blank cells, you can apply the 1st and 3rd methods to do your task.

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**Conclusion**

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