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How to sum a column or multiple columns based on header name in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2022-06-02

As the below screenshot shown, if a header name is “Mar” in the data range, then return the total value of this column, how to get it done? The method in this article can do you a favor.

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Sum a column or multiple columns based on header name with formula

The formulas in this section will help you sum a column or multiple columns based on specific header name in Excel.

Sum a column based on header name

1. Select a blank cell to output the result, then, copy and paste the below formula into it and press the Enter key to get the result.

=SUM(INDEX(B2:I7,0,MATCH(B9,B1:I1,0)))

Sum two or more columns based on header name

If you want to return the sum of two or more related columns based on a specific header name, you can apply the below formula.

1. Select a blank cell, copy and paste the below formula into it and press the Enter key to get the result.

=SUMPRODUCT((B1:I1=B9)*B2:I7)

Note: In the above formulas, B2:I7 is the data range that you want to use; B9 contains the header name you will sum the column numbers based on; B1:I1 is the range of cells that contains the header name you are searching for. Please change them to meet your needs.


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Besides, for making work more efficient, you can try the LOOKUP and Sum feature of Kutools for Excel. With this feature, you can easily sum a column or multiple columns based on certain header name with only clicks. Please do as follows.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Click Kutools > Super LOOKUP > LOOKUP and Sum.

2. In the LOOKUP and Sum dialog box, please configure as follows.

  • 2.1 Select Lookup and sum matched value(s) in column(s) option in the Lookup and Sum Type section;
  • 2.2 Specify the lookup data, output range and the data table range in the Select Range section;
  • 2.3 In the Options section, if you only want to sum a column for the first matched value, please check the Return the sum of the first matched value option;
    If you want to sum multiple columns for all matched values, choose the Return the sum of all matched values option;
  • 2.4 Click the OK button.

Then you will get the result immediately based on your settings.
A formula will created at the same time, when changing the original values, the result will update automatically.

  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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Thank you this works perfect, however, I am struggling to also add a date range (2 cells for start date and end date) input by the user
how could I alter the formulae to look at the dates and only return these totals?

Thank You
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Hi Gareth,
Can you upload a screenshot of your data and the desired results?
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Using the example above "sumproduct((B1:I1=b9)*b2:17" i also want to match a particular fruit, what formulae do i add in to get this result?

thank you
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Hi Helen Ramsell,
The following array formula can do you a favor.
=SUMPRODUCT((A2:A7="Banana")*(B1:I1="Jan")*(B2:I7))
After entering the formula, you need to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to get the result.
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Thanks its awesome  
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