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# Summing some of the values in a table in Excel.

Posted on 2011-03-22
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Hello,

Suppose you have a table of values in an Excel (2007) spreadsheet which is 10 columns wide and many rows in length (say A3:J5000).  Furthermore, suppose that column B has only three possible entries:  D, C and W.  In other words, none of the entries in column B is unique.

Now suppose that for a specified range in the table, you want to use =SUM() to add-up all the values (but only the values) in column G which have a "D" in column B.  What formula would do that?

I am familiar with using =LOOKUP() to locate values in a list or table.  However, I believe that =LOOKUP() is only usable when all values in the lookup column are unique.  Is that correct?

If so, then here, I am looking for a function in which those values do not have to be unique.

Thanks
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Hello Steve

Sounds like you'd want SUMIF, so for the whole table

=SUMIF(B3:B5000,"D",G3:G5000)

regards, barry
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=COUNTIF(G1:G5000,"D")

gowflow
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first question: =SUMIF() would do that.
second question: not necessarily unique, but lookup will only bring one result, the first one it finds.

:)
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=SUMIF(B1:B5000,"D",G1:G5000)
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pls ignore my previous post barryhoudini your correct.
gowflow
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Thanks Barry!
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