I have a two column table where one column is some sort of key where duplicates are allowed and the other column includes amounts.

I then have the following formula somewhere else on the sheet:


The results of that query begin with 'sum', then a blank line, then the summed values:

spreadsheet with sum

How can I modify the existing formula so that I do not have the 'sum' header and the blank line (if I can at all)? I want to avoid using multiple cells to create the desired affect and I want to avoid scripting.

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To suppress the header, end the query string with label sum(A) ''.

The blank spot below the header comes up because the column B, besides the letters a,b,c, also contains a bunch of blank cells, which form a group of their own. Since you don't want them, add the clause where B<>''.

End result:

=query(A1:B, "select sum(A) where B<>'' group by B label sum(A) ''")

(Case doesn't matter: I prefer lowercase because more text fits into the same horizontal space.)

  • Thanks. That works great. For some reason though, when I did <> '' for certain columns in my real project, I kept getting N/A (no results). The columns I tried were the amount column, a date column, and a derived MONTH column (which is actually how I will be grouping). So I just used a column that will always be a non-empty description. Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 17:06
  • Try B not null instead of B <> ''.
    – user79865
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 17:59

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