Column sum


Hi All,

I have a sheet with many columns (150) with column formulas.

I need a way to sum amounts for each column without disturbing the column formula

Just as example, let's sell houses

Each sale is input as a new row via a form with delivery dates and automatically allocates percentage for each contractor involvement required depending on the house chosen, this automatically calculates contractor cost.

For each month the delivery percentage is entered manually depending on progress / planning

I have columns with column formulas for each contractor like

2021 cost January, contractor A

2021 cost February, contractor A

2021 cost March, contractor A


2021 cost January, contractor B

2021 cost February, contractor B

2021 cost March, contractor B


I need to see in another sheet

Cost per contractor per month / quarter / year and am running into cell reference limitation.

Is there a way to create a sum row without disturbing the column formulas in the sales input sheet?

Using the Sheet summary is too cumbersome.

Any workaround is welcome.


  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Ulrike Schmidt

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Unfortunately, it's not possible to use the column formula and SUM it in the same formula.

    Here's a possible workaround or workarounds

    • Have you explored using a report?
    • We could consolidate/join the values in a so-called helper column and then break it out in the other sheet.

    Would any of those options work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic weekend!


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