

DSUM in Excel 

Microsoft Excel has thousands of useful functions to analyze and calculate data. Dsum in Excel is one of the most versatile functions.  
DSUM Adds the numbers in a column of a list or data in Excel that match conditions you specify. Syntax DSUM(database,field,criteria) Database is the range of Excel cells that makes up the list or database. A database is a list of related data in which rows of related information are records, and columns of data are fields. The first row of the list contains labels for each column. Field indicates which column is used in the Excel function. Field can be given as text with the column label enclosed between double quotation marks, such as "MS" or "selling" or as a number that represents the position of the column within the list: 1 for the first column, 2 for the second column, and so on. Criteria is the range of cells that contains the conditions you specify. You can use any Excel range for the criteria argument, as long as it includes at least one column label and at least one cell below the column label for specifying a condition for the column. In the example shown in the Excel training video, the objective is to find how many people of a certain cadre ('MS') in a certain department ('selling') have left the company in 'January 2008'. In the criteria range the 'date of leaving' has been pasted twice because we wish to know the number of people who have left between 1jan2008 and 31jan2008. Description of the process implementation step by step:







