I have excel data as follows:

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I want show the Total Cost for each month. I can achieve this in Google Spreadsheets with the following formula:

=INDEX(QUERY(COSTS!$1:$1101,"select sum(B) where month(A)=3"), 2)

Which gets the result for April.

But my requirement is now to do the same in Excel (which doesn't support the QUERY statements).

I have been playing around with SUMIF, but can't figure out how to make it work and not even sure if it's the right approach.

Does anyone know how I can do this?

3 Answers 3


As column A is a date you will need something like this to test that the month is March(3), April(4) etc to match it, below is one way

ie for March


for April

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  • Brilliant thankyou. This did exactly what I needed.
    – elMarquis
    Jan 10, 2012 at 20:29

I would first create an intermediary column containing the dates (=Month(a1) and copy down column B.

Then use the following:


This assumes that the B column is where the month is held, and that the month is equal to 4.

  • The sample file shows that the column A data is a date - column A doesn't contain a 3 it contains 12\03\2011 etc. So your approach above won't work.
    – brettdj
    Jan 9, 2012 at 1:57
  • @brettdj, When I posted this answer, there was no sample (hence the comment in my answer). Thanks for letting me know information had been added.
    – soandos
    Jan 9, 2012 at 3:07
  • It was in the dropbox link which has since been replaced by a sample picture
    – brettdj
    Jan 9, 2012 at 5:12
  • @brettdj, guess I just missed it then. The answer works now though.
    – soandos
    Jan 9, 2012 at 5:13
  • I had meant to remove my downvote after your updated answer a few hours back, now done.
    – brettdj
    Jan 9, 2012 at 8:51

Similar to @soandos' approach , I would also use a helper column, and then build a pivot table with it.

You can use @soandos formula for the helper column, or you can use one like I've shown in the screen shot below.

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