Google Sheets: How to Use SUBTOTAL with SUMIF

Often you may want to use the SUBTOTAL function with the SUMIF function in Google Sheets to sum only the visible rows that meet some criteria.

Fortunately this is easy to do by using a helper column.

The following step-by-step example shows how to do so in practice.

Step 1: Enter the Data

First, let’s enter the following dataset that contains information about various basketball players:

Step 2: Add Helper Column

Next, type the following formula into cell D2:

=SUBTOTAL(103, C2)

Then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column D:

Step 3: Filter the Data

To add a filter to this data, we can highlight cells A1:D11, then click the Data tab, then click Create a filter.

Then click the filter icon next to the Conference column and filter the data to only show rows where the value in the Conference column is equal to West:

Step 4: Use Subtotal with SUMIF

Now suppose that we would like to sum the values in the Points column only for players who have a Position value of Guard.

To do so, we can type the following formula into cell B13:

=SUMIFS(C2:C11, B2:B11, "Guard", D2:D11, "1")

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:


The formula correctly returns a sum of 31.

By looking at the filtered data, we can verify that the sum of the values in the Points column among players with a Position of Guard is indeed 31:

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Google Sheets:

How to Average Filtered Rows in Google Sheets
How to Count Filtered Rows in Google Sheets
How to Sum Filtered Rows in Google Sheets

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