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    Creating a total (sum) of items matching a text value

    New to the forum and my first post. I am trying to create a total of hours in a cell based on the range of values (in this case categories) in a column (example attached). Obviously I am very rusty when it comes to Excel formulas. It would be really nice if I could figure out a way for excel to know that a new category has been added and sum those as well. Any help from you experts will be much appreciated.
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    Re: Creating a total (sum) of items matching a text value

    Try:

    =SUMIF($B$2:$B$8,RIGHT(A11,2),$E$2:$E$8)

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    You can convert your list in A10:A13 to Tables so that when you add a new category, the formula copies down.
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    Re: Creating a total (sum) of items matching a text value

    Thanks for the reply NBVC! That gets me part of the way there. However, it doesn't address when I have more than on row that has the same category entered. In this example, I need it to calculate the total of all the hours associated with each category. A specific example would be to add up all the category 1 hours in the top table. Thanks again.

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    Re: Creating a total (sum) of items matching a text value

    I don't understand, if in A11 you enter "Category 1" using my formula in B11, don't you get 90? Which is the sum of 30+20+40 (i.e. all the Category 1 entries).

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    Re: Creating a total (sum) of items matching a text value

    Yes indeed! My bad. It's been one of those mornings. Thank you soooo much!

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