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Hi Stuart,
I have an extensive boat log book (over 1200 daily entries) that I would like to extract data from. I need a formula cell D1 that looks in column A for a month and year, then in column B to find the captain of that trip (Dennis) and then in column C for the total engines hours for that month (formatted in decimals) So in this instance for the month of Aug-1998 with Dennis as Captain it would return (XX.X hours). (e.g.:total hours with Dennis as Captain for Aug-1998)

Thanks,

Dennis

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I don't use Excel for Mac, I use Excel 2010 for PC. My advice will probably still work for you.

If you want a formula that totals up the hours in col C, for only those rows in which the col A value is Aug-1998 and the col B value is Dennis, the formula is:

=SUMIFS(C:C,A:A,DATEVALUE("Aug-1998"),B:B,"Dennis")

If this isn't what you're looking for, please ask again, and include in your question a very very clear and simple example, being very very precise about EXACTLY what values are entered into which cells.
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