Excel formula for Beginners – How to Sum if one criteria multiple columns in Excel


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Excel formula for Beginners – How to Sum if one criteria multiple columns in Excel

Generic formula



To sum multiple columns conditionally, using one criteria, you can use a formula based on the SUMPRODUCT function. In the example show, the formula in H5 is:


How this formula works

This first expression in SUMPRODUCT is the criteria, checking if cells in B5:B10 contain “red”. The result is an array of TRUE FALSE values like this:


This is multiplied by the values in range C5:E10:


The result inside SUMPRODUCT is:


which returns 24, the sum of all values in C5:E10 where B5:B10=”red”.

Contains type search

SUMPRODUCT doesn’t support wildcards, so if you want to do a “cell contains specific text” type search, you’ll need to use criteria that will return TRUE for partial matches. One option is to use the ISNUMBER and SEARCH functions like this:


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