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In this end-to-end excel example, you will learn – Excel formula for Beginners – How to SUMIFS with multiple criteria and OR logic in Excel.

### Generic formula

`=SUM(SUMIFS(sum_range,criteria_range,{"red","blue"}))`

### Explanation

To sum based on multiple criteria using OR logic, you can use the SUMIFS function with an array constant. In the example shown, the formula in H6 is:

`=SUM(SUMIFS(E4:E11,D4:D11,{"complete","pending"}))`

### How this formula works

By default, the SUMIFS function only allows AND logic – when you provide multiple conditions, all conditions must match to be included in the result.

One solution is to supply multiple criteria in an array constant like this:

`{"complete","pending"}`

This will cause SUMIFS to return two results: a count for “complete” and a count for “pending”, in an array result like this:

`{100,35}`

To get a final total, we wrap SUMIFS inside SUM. The SUM function sums all items in the array and returns the result.

### With wildcards

You can use wildcards in the criteria if needed. For example, to sum items that contain “red” or “blue” anywhere in the the criteria_range, you can use:

`=SUM(SUMIFS(sum_range,criteria_range,{"*red*","*blue*"}))`

You can add one additional criteria to this formula, but you’ll need to use a single column array for one criteria and a single row array for the other. So, for example, to sum orders that are “Complete” or “Pending”, for either “Andy Garcia” or “Bob Jones”, you can use:

`=SUM(SUMIFS(E4:E11,D4:D11,{"complete","pending"},C4:C11,{"Bob Jones";"Andy Garcia"}))`

Note the semi-colons in the second array constant, which represents a vertical array. This works because Excel “pairs” elements in the two array constants, and returns a two dimensional array of results. With more criteria, you will want to move to a formula based on SUMPRODUCT.

### Cell references for criteria

You can’t use cell references inside an array constant. To use a cell reference for criteria, you can use an array formula like this:

`={SUM(SUMIFS(range1,range2,range3))}`

Where range1 is the sum range, range2 is the criteria range, and range3 contains criteria on the worksheet. With two OR criteria, you’ll need to use horizontal and vertical arrays.

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