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I have a worksheet and am trying to summarize information in

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I have a worksheet and am trying to summarize information in another worksheet using the SUMIFS function. I am trying to add a column for DH if the entries occur between a date range. Here is the formula: =SUMIFS('ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!P3:$P$34,'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!B3:$B$34,A5,'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!Q3:$Q$34,">=10/01/2016",'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!$R$3:$R$34,<=10/31/2016"). I can not get the value to calculate.
JA: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: HP with Excel 2010
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Customer: The computer was recently updated to Windows 10.
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Submitted: 27 days ago.
Category: Microsoft Office
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

Was the other, 'remote', sheet created in the same MS Excel 2010 version, on the same computer?

Is the other 'remote' sheet, referenced in that formula, really named


with a space ?

What error message do you get from that formula, please?

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
The information is in a workbook and ADVERTISER SUMMARY is one of the worksheets. The name does have a space and is labeled on the tab: ADVERTISER SUMMARY. There is not error message, i just don't get any value but - returned & I know what the total should be. If I delete the second date range from the formula and change the start date to "<=10/31/2016", I get an answer that is correct.
Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Would it be easier for you to securely connect or do a face time session?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Let me think about this for a minute or three... perhaps a remote control session might help, but I'm not sure at this point.

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Not for the extra money. I looked on the internet and a SUMIFS function with a date range appeared to somehow use the & symbol, but I am not sure how the syntax should read.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Try this please:


also try this please:


One of those two ought to work, I think... though without seeing the sheet(s) I cannot be quite sure. At any rate the second date has no initiating double-quote, a mistake for sure.

Let me know how that goes! and which of the two works and works properly, etc., please. Thanks.

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Neither one of the formulas worked. They did return a value of 0.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

They both returned


...? if so, then the formulas worked... if you got no


and just a


without the double-quote around the second of those two dates, then that (lack of surrounding double-quote pair, around the second date) was the main problem.

OK... now, if you omit the second date (and its double-quotes too, whether one pair of double-quotes or both) what value do you get?

Let me know, please... I'm thinking about it on this side, also.

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
If I delete the second criteria range and the criteria ("=<10/31/2016"), I get the correct answer. There is one total in the amount column of $200 for DH that is ">=10/01/2016" in the start date column. The question now is how do we add the criteria range and criteria to get matches that are also <=10/31/2016 from the expiration date column????
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Do you have any values that are above 10/31/2016 date ?

And what is the overall intention of the SUMIFS formula? what is it supposed to do basically, in words?

I think that perhaps you might need to review SUMIFS ?? and here's a good clear summary of how it is used, *if* you need it:

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
I want to sum values for an individual from the monthly column that show a start date of greater than a certain value and an expiration date of less than a certain value. i.e. a start date >=10/01/2016 and an expiration date of <=10/31/2016 would provide the sum of the monthly column values for DH for October 2016
Customer: replied 27 days ago.
The start date and expiration dates are in separate columns.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Thanks for the explanation.

The SUMIFS function is arranged as follows, in general terms:


in other words,

SUM (add up total for all) of


that are

date > H5


date < H6

where H5 holds the start date, and H6 holds the end date.

Now in your case, there is an A5 reference, and I don't know what that is supposed to be.

In practice that formula would look like this, literally and not generally:


Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

=SUMIFS(monthlycolumnrange, datesrange, ">=10/01/2016", datesrange, "<=10/31/2016")

is I think what you're aiming at, if what you explain is correct. That will sum/total the amounts in the monthly column range specification, for the dates range, of between and including the start of Oct. of this year and the end of Oct. of this year.

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
A5 has a value of DH (salesperson) in sheet 1. The remainder of the iinformation is in the AD SUM worksheet: Column P contains the monthly amounts, Column Q contains the start date, and Column R contains the expiration date.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Sheet 1 is where the formula (as well as A5) is, correct?

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Customer: replied 27 days ago.
I thought I had the parameters and syntax you are talking about in this formula, but it returns a value of 0: =SUMIFS('ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!P3:$P$34,'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!B3:$B$34,A5,'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!Q3:$Q$34,">=10/01/2016",'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!$R$3:$R$34,"<=10/31/2016")
Customer: replied 27 days ago.
I need to run to an appointment; do you have a phone number that I can call if I can not get the formula to work?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.



=SUMIFS(monthlycolumnrange, datesrange, ">=10/01/2016", datesrange, "<=10/31/2016")


=SUMIFS('ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!P3:$P$34, 'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!B3:$B$34, A5, 'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!Q3:$Q$34, ">=10/01/2016", 'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!$R$3:$R$34, "<=10/31/2016")

you can see that A5 name of salesperson, has no place in a SUMIFS formula.

I thinkyou need to make the formula more diverse, e.g. nest it within an IF as to the name of the salesperson... or something.

Just come back to this case here:

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
It works with the A5 reference when only using the start date. Why can't the expiration date parameter be added?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.

Try omitting the A5 !:

=SUMIFS('ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!P3:$P$34, 'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!B3:$B$34, 'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!Q3:$Q$34, ">=10/01/2016", 'ADVERTISER SUMMARY'!$R$3:$R$34, "<=10/31/2016")

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
I was able to get it to work just using one date parameter. I will try your suggestion when I need two date parameters.
Thanks for your help............dan'l.....
Expert:  Russell H. replied 27 days ago.


Please rate my work and my answer - recall that I caught the lack of paired double-quotes - so that this case may be closed. A five-star rating would be appreciated!