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How to count or sum cells based on cell color in Google sheet?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-04-21

Counting or summing cell values based on specific cell background color to get the result as following screenshot shown. This article, I will talk about how to solve this task in Google sheet and Microsoft Excel.

Count cell values based on cell color with script in Google sheet

Sum cell values based on cell color with script in Google sheet

Count or sum cell values on cell color with Kutools for Excel in Microsoft Excel


Count cell values based on cell color with script in Google sheet

The following script can help you to count the cell values based on specific cell color, please do as this:

1. Click Tools > Script editor, see screenshot:

2. In the opened project window, click File > New > Script file to open a code window, see screenshot:

3. And in the prompt box, please enter a name for this script code, see screenshot:

4. Click OK and then copy and paste the following code to replace the original code into the code module, see screenshot:

function countColoredCells(countRange,colorRef) {
  var activeRg = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveRange();
  var activeSht = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var activeformula = activeRg.getFormula();
  var countRangeAddress = activeformula.match(/\((.*)\,/).pop().trim();
  var backGrounds = activeSht.getRange(countRangeAddress).getBackgrounds();
  var colorRefAddress = activeformula.match(/\,(.*)\)/).pop().trim();
  var BackGround = activeSht.getRange(colorRefAddress).getBackground();
  var countCells = 0;
  for (var i = 0; i < backGrounds.length; i++)
    for (var k = 0; k < backGrounds[i].length; k++)
      if ( backGrounds[i][k] == BackGround )
        countCells = countCells + 1;
  return countCells;
};

5. Then save this script code, and go back the sheet, enter this formula: =countcoloredcells(A1:E11,A1) into a blank cell, and then press Enter key to get the calculated result. See screenshot:

Note: In this formula: A1:E11 is the data range that you want to use, A1 is the cell filled with specific color that you want to count.

6. Repeat the above formula to count other specific colored cells.


Sum cell values based on cell color with script in Google sheet

To sum the cell values with a specific cell color, please apply below script code.

1. Click Tools > Script editor to go the project window, and click File > New > Script file to insert another new code module, then, in the prompt box, please type a name for this script, see screenshot:

2. Click OK and in the opened code module, copy and paste below script code to replace the original code, see screenshot:

function sumColoredCells(sumRange,colorRef) {
  var activeRg = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveRange();
  var activeSht = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var activeformula = activeRg.getFormula();
  var countRangeAddress = activeformula.match(/\((.*)\,/).pop().trim();
  var backGrounds = activeSht.getRange(countRangeAddress).getBackgrounds();
  var sumValues = activeSht.getRange(countRangeAddress).getValues();  
  var colorRefAddress = activeformula.match(/\,(.*)\)/).pop().trim();
  var BackGround = activeSht.getRange(colorRefAddress).getBackground();
  var totalValue = 0;
  for (var i = 0; i < backGrounds.length; i++)
    for (var k = 0; k < backGrounds[i].length; k++)
      if ( backGrounds[i][k] == BackGround )
        if ((typeof sumValues[i][k]) == 'number')
          totalValue = totalValue + (sumValues[i][k]);
  return totalValue;
};

3. And then save this code, return to the sheet, and enter this formula: =sumcoloredcells(A1:E11,A1) into a blank cell, and press Enter key to get the calculated result, see screenshot:

Note: In this formula: A1:E11 is the data range that you want to use, A1 is the cell with a specific background color that you want to sum.

4. And then you can repeat the above formula to sum other specific colored cells.


Count or sum cell values on cell color with Kutools for Excel in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, to count or sum the cell values based on specific cell color, Kutools for Excel’s Count by Color utility can help you to finish this task as quickly as you can.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select the cells to range that you want to count or sum based on cell color, and then click Kutools Plus > Count by Color, see screenshot:

2. In the Count by Color dialog box, choose Standard formatting from the Color method drop down list, and then select Background from the Count type drop down, see screenshot:

3. Then click Generate report button, and new worksheet with the calculated results is generated at once, see screenshot:

Note: With this powerful feature, you can also calculate the cell values based on conditional formatting or font color.

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Hey I just wanted to thank you for this guide. It totally worked! Awesome! 👍
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Hii, i need help!
Did somebody have the right script?
if u have it, can u pls send me?
thanks
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i need the auto update for the sumcoloredcells formula
do you know how can i have it?
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questo funziona

// restituisce la somma dei valori in un range in base al colore di sfondo della cella
// uso: =SommaSeSfondo(range;cella colore di riferimento )
// =SommaSeSfondo(B1:B8;E1)

function SommaSeSfondo(sumRange,colorRef) {
var activeRg = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveRange();
var activeSht = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
var activeformula = activeRg.getFormula();
var countRangeAddress = activeformula.match(/\((.*)\;/).pop().trim();
var backGrounds = activeSht.getRange(countRangeAddress).getBackgrounds();
var sumValues = activeSht.getRange(countRangeAddress).getValues();
var colorRefAddress = activeformula.match(/\;(.*)\)/).pop().trim();
var BackGround = activeSht.getRange(colorRefAddress).getBackground();
var totalValue = 0;
for (var i = 0; i < backGrounds.length; i++)
for (var k = 0; k < backGrounds[i].length; k++)
if ( backGrounds[i][k] == BackGround )
if ((typeof sumValues[i][k]) == 'number')
totalValue = totalValue + (sumValues[i][k]);
return totalValue;
};
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Hi Samal,

You have to use the formula:

=SommeCouleurs(A:A;A1) => A:A : columns that contain the colors to count and A1 : The cell that contains the example of the color.
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'm having a problem in the script for google sheets: TypeError: Cannot call method "pop" of null. (line 5, file "SumByColor"). Can you please help?
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