The Excel SUMIF function is a handy tool for adding up values based on a specific condition. It’s like a digital assistant that helps you calculate the total of numbers that meet certain criteria.

## Syntax

**=SUMIF(range, criteria, [sum_range])**

## Arguments

range | The range of cells that you want to evaluate against the given criteria. |

criteria | The condition or criteria that you want to apply to the cells in the range. For example, “>50” means values greater than 50. |

[sum_range] | (Optional) The range of cells from which you want to sum values. If omitted, the function will sum the values in the ‘range’ itself. |

## How to use

The SUMIF function is simple to use and can be a real time-saver. Here are some examples to illustrate how it works:

Let’s say you have a list of test scores in cells A1 to A5, and you want to find the sum of scores that are greater than or equal to 80:

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=SUMIF(A1:A5, ">=80") |

This formula will add up all the scores in the range A1 to A5 that meet the condition (>=80).

Now, let’s take it up a notch. Suppose you have a list of products in column B (B1 to B10) and their respective sales in column C (C1 to C10). You want to find the total sales for a specific product, let’s say “Apples.” You can use SUMIF like this:

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=SUMIF(B1:B10, "Apples", C1:C10) |

This formula will sum up the sales values in column C where the product name in column B matches “Apples.”

One more example: if you need to calculate the total sales of products with prices above $10, you can use SUMIF with a range of prices in column D (D1 to D10) and a condition:

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=SUMIF(D1:D10, ">10", C1:C10) |

This formula will add up the sales values from column C where the prices in column D are greater than $10.

So, whether you’re dealing with test scores, product sales, or any other data, the SUMIF function can help you efficiently calculate the sums you need based on specific criteria.