I am trying to sum multiple columns from a table on a separate sheet using vlookup and matching the column index number with a name instead of the column number. I can return a single result but can only seem to sum the product of the columns using the array {3,4,5} etc.

In one tab I have my data (simplified for this example)


In another sheet I want to show the totals for Fred and Bob and Betty and Jane for each category.

Result Table

This returns a single result:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(($A2&""),'P&L by job'!$A$2:$E$4,MATCH($A$2,'P&L by job'!$A$1:$E$1,0),FALSE),0)

This formula will result in the sumproduct:

=IFERROR(SUMPRODUCT(VLOOKUP(($A2&""),'P&L by job'!$A$2:$E$4{2,3},FALSE)),0)

The issue is when an additional column is added, or the columns are in a different order each time I import the data across, I need to change the column index number in my spreadsheet.

Is there a better approach?


Try peeling out Bob, Fred, Betty and Jane from the column headers.

=SUM(INDEX('P&L by job'!$A:$Z, MATCH($A2, 'P&L by job'!$A:$A, 0), MATCH(REPLACE(B$1, FIND(" and ", B$1), LEN(B$1), TEXT(,)), 'P&L by job'!$1:$1, 0)),
     INDEX('P&L by job'!$A:$Z, MATCH($A2, 'P&L by job'!$A:$A, 0), MATCH(REPLACE(B$1, 1, FIND(" and ", B$1)+4, TEXT(,)), 'P&L by job'!$1:$1, 0)))

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  • It's working +1 ☺ – Rajesh S Apr 2 '20 at 10:28
  • Thanks Jeeped - I will try this – Wendy Apr 5 '20 at 22:53

Lookup formula wrapped with SUMPRODUCT and nested IF solves the issue:


Below shown method is best suitable to small data range like 8 to 10 columns, otherwise method/formula suggested by @Jeeped is better & a smart move.

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How it works:

  • Insert some helper data in Row 1 (S1:X1), you may extend them, if and when required.
  • Write combination of names in Row 9 (S9:U9), remember you may change the order as your need.
  • Formula in S10:



  • Fill formula across the range.
  • You may adjust cell references & order of columns as needed.

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