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Sum if begins with or ends with specific text or characters

To sum values if corresponding cells begin with or end with a specific value, you can apply the SUMIF function with a wildcard (*) to pull it off. This article will introduce how to use the formula in details.


Sum values if corresponding cells begin with a specific value

To sum values if corresponding cells begin with a specific value, the normal SUMIF function can do you a favor, the generic syntax is:

=SUMIF(range,"text*",sum_range)
  • range: The range where the criteria (text*) is matched;
  • text*: The criteria you want to sum values based on. Here, the * wildcard is used to find any number of characters, to match all items that start with a specific text, put the * wildcard at the end of the text. (Note that you must enclose the text and wildcard in double quotes.)
  • sum_range: The range of cells with matched numeric values that you want to sum.

For example, here, I want to sum all sales of the items that start with the text “KTE”, please copy or enter any one of the below formulas into a blank cell, and then press Enter key to return the result:

=SUMIF(A2:A10,"KTE*",B2:B10)          (Type the criteria manually)
=SUMIF(A2:A10,D2&"*",B2:B10)         
(Use a cell reference)


Sum values if corresponding cells end with a specific value

Similarly, to sum values if corresponding cells end with a specific value, embed the * wildcard into the criteria with the SUMIF function. The generic syntax is:

=SUMIF(range,"*text",sum_range)
  • range: The range where the criteria (text*) is matched;
  • *text: The criteria you want to sum values based on. Here, the * wildcard is used to find any number of characters, to match all items that end with a specific text, put the * wildcard in front of the text. (Note that you must enclose the text and wildcard in double quotes.)
  • sum_range: The range of cells with matched numeric values that you want to sum.

In this example, I will sum all sales of the items that end with the character “S”, please use any one of the below formulas into a blank cell, and then press Enter key to return the result:

=SUMIF(A2:A10,"*S",B2:B10)                     (Type the criteria manually)
=SUMIF(A2:A10, "*"&D2,B2:B10)               
(Use a cell reference)

Note: This SUMIF function is not case-sensitive.


Relative function used:

  • SUMIF:
  • The SUMIF function can help to sum cells based on one criterion.

More articles:

  • Sum If Cells Contain Specific Text In Another Column
  • This tutorial will show you how to sum values if cells contain specific or partial text in another column. Take the below data range as an example, to get the total amounts of the products containing the text “T-Shirt”, both the SUMIF function and SUMPRODUCT function can deal with this task in Excel.
  • Sum Smallest Or Bottom N Values
  • In Excel, it is easy for us to sum a range of cells by using the SUM function. Sometimes, you may need to sum the smallest or bottom 3, 5 or n numbers in a data range as below screenshot shown. In this case, the SUMPRODUCT together with the SMALL function can help you to solve this problem in Excel.
  • Sum Smallest Or Bottom N Values Based On Criteria
  • In previous tutorial, we have discussed how to sum the smallest n values in a data range. In this article, we will perform a further advanced operation – to sum the lowest n values based on one or more criteria in Excel.

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