How to Sum If a Cell Contains Criteria (5 Suitable Examples)

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Summing up is one of the common things needed daily. While the usual summation is lengthier for large datasets, summation based on criteria is a more critical one. Excel has SUMIF and SUMIFS functions used to form formulas that can do the summation based on criteria. This helps to save both energy and time. The article will describe 5 examples with 5 different criteria using these functions to sum if the cell contains criteria.

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Sum If a Cell Contains Criteria in Excel


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Introduction to SUMIF and SUMIFS Functions in Excel

1. The SUMIF Function

Objective:

Basically, it adds the cells specified by a given condition or criteria.

Formula Syntax:

=SUMIF(range, criteria, [sum_range])

Arguments:

range= the range of the data.

criteria= the condition based on which summation will take place.

sum_range= the range of data whose specific cells based on criteria will be summed up.

2. The SUMIFS Function

Objective:

Here, it adds the cells specified by a given set of conditions or criteria.

Formula Syntax:

=SUMIFS(sum_range, criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2], [criteria2],…)

Arguments:

sum_range= the range of data whose specific cells based on criteria will be summed up.

set of criteria_range (criteria_range1, criteria_range2…)= the range of the data where the condition will be applied.

set of criteria (criteria1, criteria2…)= the condition to apply.

Read More: SUMIF vs SUMIFS in Excel (A Comparative Analysis)


5 Examples for Finding Sum If a Cell Contains Criteria

Here, we will use the following dataset in the following examples.

Sample Dataset

Here, we can see the dataset contains 2 columns with the Product Name and Price of products of a company. The Product Name column contains varieties of names with texts, numbers, and asterisks. Now, in the following 5 examples, we will discuss how to sum if these cells contain certain criteria with proper illustrations.

Furthermore, for this session, we’re going to use Microsoft 365 version.


1. Finding Sum If a Cell Contains Specific Text

Suppose you want to get the sum of the price of products having the specific text “Hoodie” within the name. Let us follow the steps below.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the following formula in Cell F5:
=SUMIF(B5:B13,"*Hoodie*",C5:C13)

Sum If a Cell Contains Specific Text

  • Then, press ENTER.

Result of Using SUM Function with Specific Text

There are 3 names of products having this specific text in the dataset, Thus the result shows the summation of the price of those 3 products. Look at the picture above. 👆

Similarly, we can see results for the name of products having specific text “Blue”. Just type "*Blue*" in the given formula instead of "*Hoodie*" and press ENTER. The result is shown below. 👇

Another Example of Doing Sum If a Cell Contains Specific Text

🔎 How Does the Formula Work:

📌 Here, the first argument of the SUMIF formula is range. Here, B5:B13 is the range where the condition is applied.

📌 Next, in the criteria part of the argument, the specific text is given. Here, we see two examples for two different specific texts- “Hoodie” and “Blue”. We use asterisk at the start and end of the specific word to indicate more than one character.

📌 Consequently, the last argument is the sum_range. Here C5:C13 is the range which takethe specific cells based on the specific text, to sum up with SUMIF function.

Read More: Sum If a Cell Contains Text in Excel (6 Suitable Formulas)


2. Calculating Sum If a Cell Contains Part of a Text String

Moving forward, let’s say you want to sum up the price of products whose name contains a text which is part of the whole name. Let us follow the steps below.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the following formula in Cell F6.
=SUMIF(B5:B13,"*"&E6&"*",C5:C13)
  • Secondly, press ENTER.

Sum If a Cell Contains Part of a Text String

You might think that this method works with part of the text at the beginning only. 👆

However, this is not the case for this method. It works for part of text present anywhere in the text. For example, follow the next picture. 👇

This time the formula is for “H” instead of “B”.

=SUMIF(B5:B13,"*"&E7&"*",C5:C13)

You can observe that here the summation result is showing results for all the products having “H”. It does not matter whether “H” is at the start or end of the text.

Use of SUM Function with Partial Match

🔎 How does the Formula Work:

📌 Here, the first argument of the SUMIF formula is range. Here the range is B5:B13 where the condition is applied.

📌 Next, in the criteria part of the argument, the specific text is given. Here we see two examples for two different partial texts- “B” and “H”. The asterisk is given at the start and end of the specific word. This is used to indicate more than one character.

📌 Then, the last argument is the sum_range. Here the range is C5:C13 which takes the specific cells based on the specific text, to sum up with SUMIF function.

Read More: How to Add Specific Cells in Excel (5 Simple Ways)


3. Determining Sum If a Cell Contains Numbers

Here, we will find the sum of the cell values having numbers from the Product Name column. To solve this, we are going to use Excel functions such as SUM, IFERROR, LEFT, and FIND functions.

Now, let’s see these steps below.

Steps:

  • First, type the following formula:
=SUM(IFERROR(--LEFT(B5:B13,FIND(" ",B5:B13&" ")-1),""))

Merging SUM, IFERROR, FIND & LEFT Functions

  • After that, press ENTER. The result will look like below. 👇

Adding Cells Value Which Contain Numbers.

🔎 Formula Breakdown:

📌 If we take the FIND formula:

FIND(" ",B5:B13&" ")-1

It will find the number of characters in the texts and subtract it by 1. The resultant array will be:

{4;4;1;4;5;2;2;9;9}

📌 Next, if we look the LEFT formula with the FIND one:

LEFT(B5:B13,FIND(" ",B5:B13&" ")-1)

It will show the numeric numbers only. Other values will show the #VALUE! error.

The result is:

{#VALUE!;#VALUE!;2;#VALUE!;#VALUE!;20;15;#VALUE!;#VALUE!}

📌 After that if we see the IFERROR array result for the formula

 IFERROR(--LEFT(B5:B13,FIND(" ",B5:B13&" ")-1),"")

This will show numeric values for true and for error it will show blank. The result is shown in the array format:

{"";"";2;"";"";20;15;"";""}

📌 Finally the result of IFERROR is summed to get the result using the SUM formula through which we will get the final result 37.

Read More: How to Add Numbers in Excel (2 Easy Ways)


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4. Computing Sum If a Cell Contains Text Situated in Another Cell in Excel

Followingly, we can also get the summed result of texts in another cell.

So, follow the steps below.

Steps:

  • At first, type the formula in Cell F7 as below:
=SUMIF(B5:B13,E7,C5:C13)

Use of SUMIF Function with Cell Reference.

  • Subsequently, press ENTER. See the result in the picture. 👇

Sum If a Cell Contains Text Situated in Another Cell in Excel

🔎 How Does the Formula Work:

📌 Here, the first argument of the SUMIF formula is range. Here the range is B5:B13 where the condition is applied.

📌 Next, in the criteria part of the argument, the text is given. Here we have “Blue Shirt” as the text in another cell.

📌 Finally, the last argument is the sum_range. Here the range is C5:C13 which takes the specific cells based on the specific text, to sum up with SUMIF function.

Read More: Sum Cells in Excel: Continuous, Random, With Criteria, etc.


5. Finding Sum If a Cell Contains Asterisk

Finally, we can have other criteria which are if the cell contains an asterisk (*).

The steps to do this are-

Steps:

  • First, you have to type the formula in Cell E7:
=SUMIFS(C5:C13,B5:B13,"*~**")

Sum If a Cell Contains Asterisk

  • Then, press ENTER. Now, find the result below. 👇

Use of SUMIFS Function with Asterisk

🔎 How Does the Formula Work:

📌 Here, the first argument sum_range of the SUMIFS formula is the range of data from where we will get the result. In this case, the range is C5:C13.

📌 Then, the criteria_range set is the second argument here. For this case, the range is B5:B13.

📌 Lastly, the third argument is the set of criteria. We have an asterisk (*) as our criteria because we need to find texts with this sign. We can write this as ~*. Again, the asterisk is given at the start and end of the specific word. This indicates more than one character.

Read More: How to Sum Range of Cells in Row Using Excel VBA (6 Easy Methods)


Things to Remember

1. Here, you have to give a wildcard asterisk (*) at the start and end of the text to indicate one or more characters. Besides, you should write any text or string within the double apostrophe ("") sign.

2. Moreover, the SUMIF function is not case sensitive while the FIND function is case-sensitive.


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Conclusion

The article evaluated 5 different criteria to sum if a cell contains criteria. The Excel formula includes functions like SUM, SUMIF, SUMIFS, IFERROR, FIND, and LEFT functions. So, we hope the article was helpful to you. If you have any query you can write in the comment section. Also, you can visit our website Exceldemy to learn more Excel-related content.


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