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1. ## SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

Hi, I have a very simple SUMIF formula =sumif(L:L,O6,H:H) Where L:L are week commencing dates and O6 is the week commencing date I want summed from numbers in column H:H. As I'm building the formula, I can see it is treating the dates as a number, 43464.

The result should be 22, but I keep getting 0, I am presuming it is because of this issue.

I have ensured that the formatting of the dates is the same & looked through forums to try to understand how to rectify this, but I'm lost - if this is the problem.  Reply With Quote

2. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

I'd say the more likely cause is that either the numbers in column H are actually text, or the dates really don't match (eg if there's a time portion in one or other).  Reply With Quote

3. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

Hi Rory,

Thank you for your reply. The more I try to learn the less I seem to know!

The dates in L:L are actually a formula, G1-WEEKDAY(G1)+1, where G1 is a manually inputted date, so I cannot see if, as per your suggestion, if there is time etc. being added to cause the conflict in formatting, or is the formula causing the conflict?
Dave  Reply With Quote

4. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

That would make me think that my first suggestion is the problem. What does:

=countif(L:L,O6)

return?  Reply With Quote

5. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

22!  Reply With Quote

6. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

That does tend to confirm that the numbers in H are not numbers. What does:

=SUM(H:H)

return? 0?  Reply With Quote

7. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

Hi Rory,

God, I've just spotted my error - what a dipstick...in H, I have another formula to simply put enter a 1 for me to finally work out %, I had written: IF(G1>0,"1","") meaning I was entering the 1 as text even though it was formatted as a number...gah...corrected & now the SUMIF works!

Thank you for your time in replying & helping me to work through & find the error!  Reply With Quote

8. ## Re: SUMIF Formula where Excel is treating the Date criteria as Text

Glad to help.   Reply With Quote

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