Sum if cell contains text in another cell

Sum if cell contains text in another cell

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To sum if cells contain specific text in another cell, you can use the SUMIF function with a wildcard and concatenation.

In the example shown, cell G6 contains this formula:


This formula sums the amounts in column D when a value in column C contains the text in cell F6.

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.

So, for example, you use criteria like “*hat*” to match text anywhere in a cell.

In this case, we want to match the text in F6. We can’t write the criteria like “*F6*” because that will match only the literal text “F6”.

Instead, we need to use the concatenation operator (&) to join a reference to F6 to asterisks (*):


When Excel evaluates this argument inside the SUMIF function, it will “see” this: “*Hoodie*”.

Note that SUMIF is not case-sensitive.

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:


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

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