# How to use the DSUM function in excel

DSUM function is built-in SUM function in Excel. DSUM function returns the SUM of the field based on given many criteria. The DSUM function takes criteria as a table.
Syntax:

=DSUM (database, field, criteria)

Database : table as an array
Field : the required field, call by name or text in quotes.
Criteria : one or more conditions taken as table array.

This all might be confusing to you so lets gear up and understand this function using it in an example.

Here we have a list of fruits bought with their respective weights and I need to get a few SUM of Qty based on criterias.

There are some things you have to take care of when using this function

1. Database and criteria table should have same fields.
2. Formula must be used in any other cell than criteria area.

First condition is total quantity of Apples bought
Use the formula:

=DSUM (A5:C14, "Qty", A1:C2)

A5:C14 : database table as an array
"Qty" : field by text in quotes or field can be input as 3 (3rd column in the table).
A1:C2 : criteria as table array

The total sum of Apples is 166.

DSUM function can have multiple criterias in one formula.

Now we will take an example taking multiple criterias.

You don’t have to use the formula because criteria field gets updated as soon as you give input in criteria.

Wildcards keys ( *, ? , ~) can be used with the DSUM function.

It will get you the SUM of the values.

As you can see the DSUM function in excel returns values from the table field.

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