# (Excel examples for Beginners)

In this end-to-end excel example, you will learn – Excel formula for Beginners – How to Sum if cells contain specific text in Excel.

### Generic formula

`=SUMIF(range,"*text*",sum_range)`

### Explanation

To sum if cells contain specific text, you can use the SUMIF function with a wildcard. In the example shown, cell G6 contains this formula:

`=SUMIF(C5:C11,"*t-shirt*",D5:D11)`

This formula sums the amounts in column D when a value in column C contains “t-shirt”. Note that SUMIF is not case-sensitive.

### How the formula works

The SUMIF function supports wildcards. An asterisk (*) means “one or more characters”, while a question mark (?) means “any one character”. These wildcards allow you to create criteria such as “begins with”, “ends with”, “contains 3 characters” and so on.

To match all items that contain “t-shirt”, the criteria is “*t-shirt*”. Note that you must enclose literal text and the wildcard in double quotes (“”).

### Alternative with SUMIFS

You can also use the SUMIFS function. SUMIFS can handle multiple criteria, and the order of the arguments is different from SUMIF. The equivalent SUMIFS formula is:

`=SUMIFS(D5:D11,C5:C11,"*t-shirt*")`

Notice that the sum range always comes first in the SUMIFS function.

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