spreadsheet help (adding complex columns)

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  1. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    Got a question for you spreadsheet gurus. I'm no good at this stuff...

    I have 2 columns. Column A is a range of numbers. Column B is a specific word relating to the number of the same row of Column A.

    I want to make an equation to add all the numbers in Column A if the word in Column B equals ... whatever I want it to be. Here's an example of the data:

    A B

    3 red
    6 green
    2 red
    7 red
    2 green
    4 blue

    And here is the outcome I want... Add all red = 12. Add all green = 8. Add all blue = 4
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Well, I don't know, but the answer is gonna depend on which application you're using, and maybe what version. That is, unless Edgar Cayce is a member here and happens to read this. ;)
  3. CMelton macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    London, UK
    What program are you using?

    In Numbers from the iWork suite there is a function called SUMIF (There is probably one in Excel too if that's what you are using).

    Check out the Function Browser under

    Insert >>Function>> Show function browser

    and search for SUMIF.

    It'll give you exactly what you need, sorry I don't have time to type it all out :)

    Hope this helps.

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