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SUMIF formula I have data in 2 columns First column has categories such as A1, J1, Z etc. Second column has figures. I would like to sum column 2 conditional on the category (Column 1) it is in. I have used the SUMIF as follows: =SUMIF($M$4:$M$41,"=A1",$N$4:$N$41) So far so good. However when I repeat the same formula for the "Z" category the cell result is blank despite the fact there are figures in the Z category. =SUMIF($M$4:$M$41,"=Z",$N$4:$N$41) To deal with this I usually find & replace the Z with something else but I am sure there is a simple solution that I am missing!

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  • DonnaEm May 12, 2008

    Thank you anyway forum but I have worked it out myself!

    The problem is that there was a space after the "Z" in my data set. As soon as I changed my formula to include a space after the "Z" it worked like a charm. So simple and yet it eluded me for months.



    =SUMIF($M$4:$M$41,"=Z ",$N$4:$N$41)

  • DonnaEm May 12, 2008

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. Would you be able to expand on it a little? Do you mean that I should not have typed a "Z" in my formula but selected a cell that contained it?

    I tried the following but it came up blank (Cell M41 contains a Z)



    =SUMIF($M$4:$M$41,"=M41",$N$4:$N$41)



    I use Excel often in my work and I am keen to avoid time wasting errors

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    What's is sumif?
    why are the excel use?
    what should be sumif in excel?

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One in general should not use Find & Replace.
I would recommend always creating the first formula manually by selecting the cells. This will avoid common errors like extra spaces.

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