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Seems like this should be simple but I'm having a hard time figuring it out.

I have data like this:

      A       B
1   Cr foo   1.00
2   Cr bar   2.00
3   Cr boo   0.50
4   Cr far   3.00

I want to sum column B where column A starts with "Cr". Obviously in the real data there are lots of other values in column A as well that do not start with "Cr".

I've been playing with using left() inside of the sumif, but I can't get it to work.

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That would be

=sumif(A1:A, "Cr*", B1:B)

where A1:A is the range to which the condition is applied, Cr* is a pattern that matches any string beginning with Cr (here * stands for any number of any characters), and B1:B is the range of the values to be added.

One can also use query or filter for such operations. I wrote a summary of available functions: String matching in Google Sheets/Docs/Apps Script.

  • Oh for crying out loud... in my research I came across comments stating that wildcards were not supported in this scenario. Maybe it was outdated info, I didn't consider the age. Thank you, this works perfectly! – Jonathan van Clute Jul 15 '17 at 21:30

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