How to Use DSUM in Google Sheets – Explained With Pictures

How to Use DSUM in Google Sheets

Here we can learn the use of DSUM in Google Sheets with the help of a simple example and supporting pictures. As the name of the function denotes, you can use DSUM to return sum of values in any field in a database, based on the criteria given. Let’s learn how to use DSUM in Google Sheets.

Difference Between DSUM and SUMIF

DSUM is similar to another Google Sheet function called SUMIF. Both can provide same results. But as per me, SUMIF is more user-friendly and there is one major difference between DSUM and SUMIF, that we will discuss in another post.

Steps to How to use DSUM in Google Sheets

Similar to our Spreadsheet tutorials, you should first create a database as below to learn DSUM.

Sample Data for DSUM in Google Sheets

Try to maintain the cell position as it is, then only you can quickly adapt to the function. Now let us understand the Syntax first.

Similar Reading: Difference Between SUMIFS & DSUM

The syntax is explained below. To make you understand it clearly, provided below one screenshot marked with the same.

DSUM( database, field, criteria )

Database: The above sample data is our database, i.e. range B5:D13.

Field: The column position to sum values. That’s column 3 here in our example. You can directly enter the number 3 in the function or put the column label in quotes, here “Sales Value”.

We will add values under the field “Sales Value” based on given condition called criteria.

Criteria: It’s the condition for sum. In DSUM criteria should contain at least one column label and at least one cell below it. Better you copy paste all the column labels from your database to another cells to use as criteria.

I know it’s bit confusing. If so check the screenshot below where DSUM syntax is explained.

DSUM in Google Sheets Syntax Explained

Example to Use DSUM in Google Sheets

Hope you have ready with the sample database as mentioned above in range B5:D13. Now we only need to specify the criteria which to be used in the function.

How to create the criteria.

Copy the labels from the data base “Name of Sales Person”, “Area” and “Sales Value” and paste the same to another cells to use as criteria.

What we are going to do is we are totalling the Sales Value of one person “Myron Ambriz” and area “North”. So our criteria will look like this.

Criteria in DSUM

Now see the formula below.


Here B5:D13 is our range, 3 is the field to add or instead you can put field name “Sales Value” in double quotes and B2:D3 is our criteria. If you apply this function in any cell, you will get the result 1000.00 Dollars. Now expand the criteria as below and see the result.


DSUM multiple Criteria in Google Sheets

This way you can use DSUM in Google Sheets as well as Microsoft Excel.

Can I use DSUM criterion inside the formula?

Yes. You can. But not like the way we deal with SUMIF or SUMIFS criterion.

Just check the last formula criterion above. It can be replaced with the below criterion inside the formula.


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