SUMIFS Question for adding a criteria for a column sum function

lovelyemy ✭✭
edited 04/10/23 in Formulas and Functions

Hello! I am working on creating a travel budget dashboard for my team. I threw in some random numbers but essentially I am creating this data sheet to reference my main sheet where I house all travel budget requests.

In my other sheet I treat as a data repository of all requests I receive. The above {cost} and {Dom or Int} is referencing a different sheet.

In that "international cost" above I am trying to get the cost sum of anything that is marked as domestic in my other sheet. Am I messing up the formula?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!



  • Austin Smith
    Austin Smith ✭✭✭✭✭


    Make sure the reference word is in quotes (only error I see, if it's even an error given sample status). You can use, but don't need, a sumifs with only one qualifier (formula is generally correct though). Try formula below.

    =SUMIF([Domestic or international]:[Domestic or international], "Domestic", Cost:Cost)

    All references can come from original data sheet.

    What error are you getting from the formula?

  • lovelyemy
    lovelyemy ✭✭
    edited 04/10/23

    Hi there, I am actually referencing a separate sheet that's why I called it {Dom or Int} for the Domestic or International Column using the reference another sheet link. I just gave this a shot and am getting the #UNPARSEABLE error message.

  • Austin Smith
    Austin Smith ✭✭✭✭✭


    Typically #unparseable has to do with your reference data having something in it that doesn't compute. Can you run a sum formula for costing inside of the origin sheet without errors?

  • BullandKhmer
    BullandKhmer ✭✭✭✭✭


    I'm too lazy to figure out all the details, but it seems that your syntax is wrong. When you cross reference a column in another sheet you dont use {name}:{name}, the reference is just {name}.

    Also, when you want to use SUMIF and = a word, you need to put that word in quotations. "word".

    I'm writing this whilst referencing your first screenshot.

    If you make these adjustments your SUMIF formula will work.

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