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# SumIfs Function - Simple Question (I think!)

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The following syntax is accepted;

=SUMIFS(T2,Q2,"="&4040,C2,"="&1)

However, when I multiply the C2 by 12, I get an error.  Why?

=SUMIFS(T2,Q2,"="&4040,C2*12,"="&1)
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Question by:Patrick O'Dea
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nutsch earned 250 total points
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Because C2*12 is not a range, which is the expected parameter type.

Try

=SUMIFS(T2,Q2,4040,C2,1/12)

Thomas
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barry houdini earned 250 total points
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You can't modify the ranges in any way in SUMIFS so C2*12 isn't valid. If C2*12 should = 1 then wouldn't C2 = 1/12? In which case this version should work

=SUMIFS(T2,Q2,"="&4040,C2,1/12)

although you wouldn't normally need SUMIFS for single cell ranges - are those really your ranges? if so then this should be sufficient

=IF(AND(Q2=4040,C2*12=1),T2,0)

regards, barry
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I was trying to edit my comment to basically say the same thing as barry. Why SUMIFS indeed?

The IF option is an alternative, as is the following:

=(Q2=4040)*(C2/12=1)*T2

Thomas
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Thanks folks,

I see the obvious error now- it's late here .... maybe I'm tired!
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