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How to sum cells if the corresponding string is in a certain length?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-09-22

In Excel, we usually sum cells by some criteria, but have you ever tried to sum cells if their corresponding strings are in a certain length? For example, here are two lists in column A and column B, column A contains strings, and column B contains numbers, how can you sum the numbers in column B when the strings in column A are in 5-character length?

arrow blue right bubble Sum by string length

To sum values by the string length in another column, you can apply a formula.

Select a cell that you want to put the summing result at, type this formula =SUMPRODUCT((LEN(A2:A17)=5)*B2:B17), press Enter key to get the result. See screenshot:
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In the formula, A2:A17 is the strings column you check if is in a specific string length, B2:B17 is the column you want to sum up values, 5 indicates 5-character length. You can change them as you need.

arrow blue right bubble Sort by string length

In some cases, you may want to sort data based on the string length which cannot be directly solved in Excel. However, if you have Kutools for Excel – a handy and powerful Excel add in, with its Advanced Sort feature, you can quickly sort data by the string length.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select the data range you want to sort, and click Kutools Plus > Sort > Advanced Sort. See screenshot:
doc sum by length 3

2. In the Advanced Sort dialog, select the column you want to sort, and then specified Text length as the sorting rule, and then select the sorting order, check My data has headers if there are headers in the selection. See screenshot:
doc sum by length 4

3. Click Ok. Now the data has been sorted by string length. See screenshot:
doc sum by length 5

Tip. If you want to have a free trial of the Advanced Sort function, please go to free download Kutools for Excel first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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