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

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

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

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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 activeformula = activeRg.getFormula();
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 activeformula = activeRg.getFormula();
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]);
};
```

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.

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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 Enterprise > 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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· 1 months ago
Hi everyone. I use this sumColoredCells function but it will NOT auto refresh if you change cell colors. The only way it refreshes is to change a value in the range. A work-around I found was to create a checkbox somewhere to add 1 (or use insignificant fractional (.000001) if you are rounding) to a number in the range, and unchecking will add 0. This will act as a refresh "toggle" switch. Not really ideal, I know... but this is for my personal use and only a minor hassle.
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· 1 months ago
Thank you so much, truly useful!
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· 1 months ago
There were some errors on the code, like the range not being used at all and that the calculation was only made when the parameters were changed. With this version the calculation will be updated when there is an update on the sheet and the range has to be passed as a string, also some dummy cell has to be used to save a random value, you can put the color of the text just like the background to make it invisible:

=countColoredCells("B3:B145","B1",\$A\$1)

function countColoredCells(countRange, colorRef, unUsed) {
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;
return countCells;
}

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