Sometimes we need to sum up values based on specific criteria in another cell. In this tutorial, you will learn to use **the SUMIF function** based on a partial match in Excel. We have included three different scenarios for a partial match in Excel. Those scenarios are a partial match at the beginning, at the ending, and at any position respectively. We will use only **the SUMIF function** throughout the whole article, to sum up, values based on a partial match in Excel.

📌 **Related**: **How to Use SUMIF with Multiple Criteria in Excel (3 Methods)**

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## The SUMIF Function: an Overview

You can use **the SUMIF function**, to sum up, values that meet specific criteria. For example, you want to add up all the values in a column that are greater than 20. In this case, you can easily sum up all the values by specifying the condition using **the SUMIF function**.

**Syntax: **

*SUMIF(range, criteria, [sum_range])*

**Arguments:**

**range:**This field is**mandatory**. You will input the range of the cells that you want to sum up altogether.**criteria:**This is also a**mandatory**field. Here, you will specify the condition based on which you want to perform the sum operation within a cell range. You can specify the conditions as follows: 20, “>20”, F2, “15?”, “Car*”, “*~?”, or TODAY().**sum_range:**This field is**optional**. In this field, you will input the cell range that you want to include in your sum formula by excluding the cell range specified by the**range**argument.

## 3 Ways to Use the SUMIF Function Based on Partial Match in Excel

We will be using a **Product Price List** data table to demonstrate all the methods to use the **SUMIF** function based on a partial match in Excel.

So, without having any further discussion let’s get into all the methods one by one.

### 1. Excel SUMIF: Partial Match at the Beginning

In this section, you will learn to sum only if you find a match at the beginning of a cell value. For example, we want to sum up the values of only those products from the **Product Price List** data table, whose **Product ID** possesses “**MTT**” in them. Ok, let’s jump into the steps, for now, to see how it’s to be done.

**🔗 Steps:**

❶ First of all, **select** cell **C16** ▶ to store the formula result.

❷ After that **type** the formula

`=SUMIF($B$5:$B$13,"MTT*",$D$5:$D$13)`

❸ Now hit the **ENTER** button.

That’s it.

**␥**** Formula Breakdown: **

**$B$5:$B$13****▶**refers to the cell range of the**Product ID**column. Within this range, we will look for the keyword “**MTT**”.**“MTT*”****▶**this is the keyword to search that must be included at the beginning of the product ids.**$D$5:$D$13****▶**this is the sum range. The summing operation is executed within this range.`=SUMIF($B$5:$B$13,"MTT*",$D$5:$D$13`

)**▶**returns the summation of the prices for only those products having the “**MTT**” keyword at the beginning of their Product IDs.

### 2. Excel SUMIF: Partial Match at the Ending

Now we will calculate the summation of the prices for only the products, that have the keyword “**NPP**” at the end of their Product IDs. Here are the steps to follow:

**🔗 Steps:**

❶ First of all, **select** cell **C16** ▶ to store the formula result.

❷ After that **type** the formula

`=SUMIF($B$5:$B$13,"*NPP",$D$5:$D$13)`

❸ Now hit the **ENTER** button.

That’s it.

**␥**** Formula Breakdown: **

**$B$5:$B$13****▶**refers to the cell range of the**Product ID**column. Within this range, we will look for the keyword “**NPP**”.**“*NPP”****▶**this is the keyword to search that must be included at the end of the product ids.**$D$5:$D$13****▶**this is the sum range. The summing operation is executed within this range.`=SUMIF($B$5:$B$13,"*NPP",$D$5:$D$13)`

**▶**returns the summation of the prices for only those products having the “**NPP**” keyword at the end of their Product IDs.

### 3. Excel SUMIF: Partial Match at Any Position

Finally, we are going to discuss a universal formula that can perform the sum operation based on the partial match at any position. For instance, you want to add the prices for only those products having the keyword “**VX**” in them at any position. Now all you can do is use the below formula specified in the second step.

**🔗 Steps:**

❶ First of all, **select** cell **C16** ▶ to store the formula result.

❷ After that **type** the formula

`=SUMIF($B$5:$B$13,"*"&C15&"*",$D$5:$D$13)`

❸ Now hit the **ENTER** button.

That’s it.

**␥**** Formula Breakdown: **

**$B$5:$B$13****▶**refers to the cell range of the**Product ID**column. Within this range, we will look for the keyword “**VX**”.**“*”&C15&”*”****▶**here the cell address**C15**holds the keyword “**VX**”. You can use cell**C15**as a search box, where you can input any keyword to search for and then sum up the corresponding prices of them.**$D$5:$D$13****▶**this is the sum range. The summing operation is executed within this range.`=SUMIF($B$5:$B$13,"*"&C15&"*",$D$5:$D$13)`

**▶**returns the summation of the prices for only those products having the “**VX**” keyword at any position of their Product IDs.

## Things to Remember

📌 Beware of the position of the **asterisk (*)** in the criteria field.

📌 Make sure what range you are selecting for the **range **argument and what for the **sum_range **argument.

## Conclusion

To wrap up, we have discussed 3 different methods to use the **SUMIF** function based on a partial match in Excel. You are recommended to download the practice workbook attached along with this article and practice all the methods with that. And don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section below. We will try to respond to all the relevant queries asap.