SUMIF with 3D Reference in Excel

So, we have already learned what 3D reference is in Excel. The fun fact is that the normal Excel 3D referencing does not work with conditional functions, like SUMIF function. In this article, we will learn how to get 3D referencing working with SUMIF function.

The generic formula for SUMIF with 3D reference in Excel

It looks complicated but it is not (that much).

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(INDIRECT("'"&name_range_of_sheet_names&"'!" & "criteria_range"),criteria,INDIRECT("'"&name_range_of_sheet_names&"'!" &"sum_range")))

"'"name_range_of_sheet_names"'": It is a named range that contains the sheet names. This is very important.

"criteria_range": It is the text reference of criteria containing range. ( It should be the same in all sheets to 3-D reference work.)

criteria: It is simply the condition that you want to put for summing. It can be a text or cell reference.

"sum_range": It is the text reference of the sum range. ( It should be the same in all sheets to 3-D reference work.)

Enough of the theory, let's 3D referencing with SUMIF function working.

Example: Sum by Region from Multiple Sheets using 3D Referencing of Excel:

We are taking the same data that we took in the simple 3D referencing example. In this example, I have five different sheets that contain similar data. Each sheet contains a month's data. In the Master sheet, I want the sum of units and collection by region from all the sheets. Let's do it for Units first. The units are in the range D2:D14 in all the sheets.

Now if you use the normal 3D referencing with SUMIF function,


It will return #VALUE! error. So we can't use it. We will use the generic formula mentioned above.

Using the above Generic 3D referencing SUMIF formula of excel, write this formula in cell C3:

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(INDIRECT("'"&Months&"'!" & "A2:A14"),Master!B3,INDIRECT("'"&Months&"'!" &"D2:D14")))

Here months is a named range that contains the names of sheets. This is crucial.

When you hit enter you get your exact output.

How does it work?

The core of the formula is the INDIRECT function and the named range.  Here the string "'"&Months&"'!" & "A2:A14" translates to an array of range references of each sheet in the named range.


This array contains the text reference of ranges, not the actual ranges. Now since it is a text reference, it can be used by the INDIRECT function to convert them into actual ranges. This happens for both of the INDIRECT functions. After resolving the texts inside the INDIRECT functions (hold tight), the formula looks like this:


Now, the SUMIF function comes into action (not the INDIRECT, as you may have guessed). The condition is matched into the first range "'Jan'!A2:A14". Here the INDIRECT function works dynamically and converts this text into the actual range (that is why if you try to solve INDIRECT first using F9 key, you won't get the result). Next sums up the matched values in the range "'Jan'!D2:D14".  This happens for each range in the array. Finally, we will have an array returned by the SUMIF function.


Now the SUMPRODUCT does what it does best. It sums up these value and we get our 3D SUMIF function working.

So yeah guys, this how you can achieve a 3D SUMIF function. This is a bit complex, I agree on that. There's a lot of scope for errors in this 3D formula. I would suggest you use SUMIF function on each sheet in a definite cell and then use the normal 3D referencing for summing up those values.

I hope I was explanatory enough. If you have any doubts regarding excel referencing any other Excel/VBA related query, do ask in the comments section below.

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