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# Excel/SUMIF using wildcards

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Hi Tom, I am trying to use a sumif formula to add up all the values in column D that correspond to items in column A that begin with 6.  This is the formula I am using, but its not working:

=SUMIF(A:A,"6*",D:D)

Its returning a zero, but I know there are items in Col A beginning with 6.  Is it something to do with formatting as a number, or text perhaps?

Thanks

Gail

Gail,

If you have real numbers in column A, then sumif doesn't work well with that type of criteria.  That criteria is more suited to text strings.  If you can convert column A to contain text strings  (stored as the string "611" vice the number 611 as an example) then your SUMIF would work.

I would use this formula if column A has data stored as numbers:    =SUMPRODUCT(--(LEFT(A1:A1000,1)="6"),D1:D1000)

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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