XL: Some Worksheet Functions Do Not Allow Array Constants

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In Microsoft Excel, you may receive one of the following error messages if you insert an array constant (such as {1,2}) into a SUMIF(), COUNTIF(), or COUNTBLANK() function:
Error in formula.
The formula you typed contains an error.
For example, you receive an error message if you use this function in the manner of the following example:


This behavior occurs because the SUMIF(), COUNTIF(), and COUNTBLANK() functions use the same criteria-matching algorithm as database functions, such as DSUM(). This algorithm does not support arrays.


To work around this behavior, use either of the following methods to enter the array.

Method 1

To use the constants in a range reference, use a formula similar to the following:

Method 2

To use the SUM(IF()) function to enter the array, use a formula similar to the following:
NOTE: You must enter this formula as an array formula. To enter a formula as an array formula in Microsoft Excel for Windows, press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
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Article ID: 214286 - Last Review: February 2, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
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