Summing Values Based on the Criteria of a Non-Empty Adjacent Cell


While working on reports, you want a formula that will give you a sum of values based on the criteria of a corresponding non-empty cell.

You can find the output by using SUMIF & SUMPRODUCT functions.
Let us take an example:

We have some numbers in column A & some codes in column B. In column C, we want a formula that will give us the total of numbers in column A provided that the corresponding cell in column B should not be empty. If it is empty then the formula will ignore the value in column A


  • In cell C2, the formula would be =SUMIF(B2:B7,”<>”,A2:A7)


  • The criterion used is<> (not equal to) to derive the output.
  • If we remove any code from column B then the output will be impacted.


  • We have removed code from cell B4 & the formula has ignored the value in corresponding cell in column A i.e. 30. Hence, we get 180 (210-30) as our output.

Let us see the second method by which we can get the same output. We can use SUMPRODUCT function to obtain the same output.

  • The formula in cell D2 would be =SUMPRODUCT(A2:A7*(B2:B7<>””))
  • The same result we will get.


One thought on “Summing Values Based on the Criteria of a Non-Empty Adjacent Cell

  1. In some cases we may also want to exclude the “non-empty-but-blank” cells which are the result of a conditional formula retuning the value “” or ‘.
    If this is the case the formula =SUMIF(B2:B7,””,A2:A7) will not exclude these “non-empty-but-blank” cells,
    however these cells are excluded by the second formula =SUMPRODUCT(A2:A7*(B2:B7””))

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