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What is the syntax to return a text string in an Excel SUMIF statement ?

Tocogroup asked
Last Modified: 2015-03-18
Hi All,

I am trying to use a SUMIF function in an Excel worksheet to total a number of amounts in a row where the corresponding column name for each amount ends in the text string "Cost".

So, in my example here,


I want to total any amount in range H4:DG4 that has a column heading (H2:DG2) which ends in the text "Cost".

I can't get it to work !

Any ideas ? Thanks for your help.
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