Google Sheets: Sum if Cell is Not Blank

In this tutorial, we will look at how to sum if a cell is not blank in Google Sheets over a range of cells.

The Basic Way to Sum if a Cell is Not Blank in Google Sheets

Consider the following sample worksheet:

sample worksheet for sum if cell not blank in google sheets

Here, we have some Groups and their respective number of Members.

Some information has been withheld leaving the cells as blanks. We want to find the total number of members of Groups that are not blank in Google Sheets.

This scenario essentially entails that we sum a range of cells depending on a condition.

And what better way to do it than by using the SUMIF function?

SUMIF(range, criterion, [sum_range])

the sumif function syntax

Step 1: Open the SUMIF function and input the range of cells where the criterion will be applied. In this case, it is the Group column.

opening the sumif function and setting the range for the criterion

Step 2: Enter the non-blank (<>) criterion. This symbol is simply the greater-than and less-than signs placed side by side.

setting the non-blank criterion in the sumif function in google sheets

This criterion must be placed inside quotations (“”).

Step 3: Input the range of cells that will be added according to the given criterion. In this case, it is the Members column.

setting the sum range field of the sumif function

You can already see a preview of the result.

Step 4: Close parentheses and press ENTER to apply. The final formula is:


sum if cell not blank in google sheets with sumif function

The SUMIFS Function Alternative to Sum if Cells are Not Blank in Google Sheets

Like the SUMIF function, the SUMIFS function can also be utilized in this scenario.

SUMIFS(sum_range, criteria_range1, criterion1, [criteria_range2, criterion2, ...])

the sumifs function syntax

As you can see, the SUMIF and SUMIFS function arguments are quite similar. The only differentiating factor is that SUMIFS can take multiple criteria.

The SUMIFS formula to sum if a cell is not blank in Google Sheets:


sum if cell is not blank in google sheets with the sumifs function

It is important to note that just for summing cells for a single condition as we see here, the SUMIFS function is being underutilized.

This is because the main selling point of this function is that it can handle multiple conditions.

So, consider the following worksheet where we want the sum of the quantities if both the Product and Status columns are not blank:

sample worksheet with multiple columns of blank cells

Thus, we have two conditions to look for in making the sum formula to be:


sum for multiple non blank cell condition in google sheets using the sumifs function

Alternatively, if you are looking to sum cells according to specific text, have a look at this article: Find the Sum of Cells with Specific Text in Google Sheets

How do You Sum Cells if there is a Blank Cell with a Whitespace in Google Sheets?

In the following dataset, the SUMIF formula gives a wrong result. This is because two blank cells are counted even though they appear blank:

the sumif function also counts whitespace and apostrophe

One of these cells contains a whitespace and another an apostrophe (‘). Both of these appear invisible in a cell but they actually have value, according to Google Sheets.

Now imagine these spaces and apostrophes appearing randomly in a large dataset leading to wrong calculations!

To remedy this, we can take two approaches:

1. The Method with a Helper Column

There’s no rule saying we can’t take extra help from another column to get our work done.

Here, we will create another column that will serve as a condition for the SUMIF formula. We will use the TRIM and LEN functions for this in the Actual Value column which is our helper column:


using len and trim functions to extract character length without whitespaces

The TRIM function removes any whitespaces from the cell that may or may not be a blank cell. Whereas, the LEN function returns the actual character length of the values remaining in the cell.

Lucky for us, the LEN function does not count apostrophes, making the cell seem blank:

the len function does not count the apostrophe

All we have to do now is sum all the cells that have a value greater than 0 in this helper column:


sum if cell is not blank in google sheets with the help of a helper column

Tip: To make the worksheet more presentable, you can opt to hide the helper column:

Right-click on the Column Number > Hide column

hiding the helper column to make the worksheet more presentable

2. The Method without a Helper Column

If you feel that using a helper column is intrusive or you do not want to dedicate an entire column for just this, we have an alternative for you.

This involves taking the trimmed formula with the character length of the helper column and putting it directly in another formula.

This formula in question is based on the SUMPRODUCT function:


sum if cell is not blank without the helper column using the sumproduct function

Formula Breakdown

We will start from the center and make our way outward.


  • Same as we’ve used before. Returns the number of characters in a cell excluding the whitespaces.
  • The “>0” sets this section to output a Boolean result. If the character count is greater than 0, it will return TRUE. Otherwise, FALSE.


  • The double-dash (–) operator transforms the Boolean result to either 1 (for TRUE) or 0 (for FALSE).
  • This section occupies one of the array fields of the SUMPRODUCT function.


  • The second array range of the SUMPRODUCT function.


  • The function will multiply the result of the first array with the second array to get a result for each row.
  • Non-blank cell (1) will be multiplied with the value in the same row of the second array.
  • All the values will be finally added (hence the name SUMPRODUCT).

Final Words

That concludes our simple tutorial to sum cells if they are not blank in Google Sheets.

All the methods we have discussed can also be used in MS Excel as most functions are shared.

Feel free to leave any queries or advice you might have for us in the comments section below.

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Mehrab Imtiaz

Mehrab Imtiaz

Mehrab Imtiaz is a Technical Writer for specializing in everything Google Sheets. Mehrab has always had a profound passion for writing and with his experience with MS Excel and Google Sheets throughout his career, it seems to be a great match when it comes to dishing out tips and tutorials for all to enjoy.

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