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How to check if a value exists in another column then sum in Excel?

In this article, I introduce the tricks on summing values based on data in another column. For example, as below screenshot shown, if the data in List 2 exists in List 1, then sum the values in column Score.
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Check if a value exists in another column then sum by formula and Filter function

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1. Select a blank cell next to the data you want to sum, and enter this formula =IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(C2,$A$2:$A$7, 1, FALSE)),FALSE,TRUE ), then drag autofill handle down to apply this formula to the cells, if it displays TRUE, then the corresponding data exists in another column, and if it shows FALSE, the corresponding data is not in another column.
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Note: in the formula, C2 is the first cell you want to check if exist in another column, A2:A7 is the criteria list, you can change them as you need.

2. Select the formula column and click Data > Filter to add Filter icon into the column, and click the icon to select TRUE from the Filter list. See screenshot:
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3. Clock OK, now only the values which exist in another column are displayed. Copy them and paste to below location. See screenshot:
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4. Then you can apply =SUM(D16:D20) to sum the values. See screenshot:
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Tip: If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its SUMVISIBLE function to quickly sum the filtered data only. Free trial for 60 days.

Select a blank cell, and enter this formula =SUMVISIBLE(D2:D12), press Enter to get the result.
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Note: If you want to sum the values by same data, you can apply a Pivot Table to solve it:

1. After copying and pasting the filtered data, please click Insert > PivotTable to create a Pivot Table.
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2. Then in the PivotTable Fields panel, please drag column you will sum based on into the ROWS field, and column you want to sum into the VALUES field. See screenshot:
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1. Select the list you want to check values if exist in another column, and click Kutools > Select > Select Same & Different Cells. See screenshot:
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2. In the popped-out dialog, select the criteria list into the According to textbox, and check Each row, Same values, and Select entire rows options successively. See screenshot:
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3. Then click Ok, a dialog pops out to remind you the number of selected rows, click OK to close it. And you can view the summing result in the Status bar. See screenshot:
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Note: If you want to sum by same values, you can press Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V to copy and paste the selected data to another location, and click Kutools > Content > Advanced Combine Rows. See screenshot:
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And set the data column as Key column, and select Sum from the Calculate drop down list for the values you want to do calculation. Click Ok, the values are summed by same data separately.
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    mrosario · 5 months ago
    The example you provided: In this article, I introduce the tricks on summing values based on data in another column. For example, as below screenshot shown, if the data in List 2 exists in List 1, then sum the values in column Score. Is exactly what I am needing to do but in looking through your content - I'm not seeing the formula for this? Can you please point me in the right direction? Thanks!
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      Sunny · 3 months ago
      Hi, Mahshid Rosario, there is no a way can solve the job with formulas only. In the tutorial, the first method, it combines the formulas and Filter function to handle the job, please read details and steps.
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    Mahshid · 5 months ago
    The example you provided: In this article, I introduce the tricks on summing values based on data in another column. For example, as below screenshot shown, if the data in List 2 exists in List 1, then sum the values in column Score. Is exactly what I am needing to do but in looking through your content - I'm not seeing the formula for this? Can you please point me in the right direction? Thanks!