Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Summing a Range of Separate Pairs of Delimited Numbers

Here are two formula options to sum a range of cells, when each cell holds a delimiter (in this example, a hyphen character), and you want to separately sum the cells’ numbers to the left and right sides of the delimiter.
In the picture, the array formula in cell B14 that sums the San Francisco Giants’ hits per at-bat is
Recall, being an array formula, it is committed to the cell with Ctrl+Shift+Enter, not just with Enter.
This formula in cell E14 (not an array formula) sums the Oakland A’s hits per at-bat:
Important to note, before the numbers were entered into ranges B5:B13 and E5:E13, the cells in those ranges were formatted as Text. Otherwise, Excel would have regarded most of those entries as dates.

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3 comments on “Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Summing a Range of Separate Pairs of Delimited Numbers
  1. sandeep kothari says:


  2. CLE says:

    Hello. Thanks for your tutorial. I tried this formula, and typed it in exactly as you show above, but with normal formulas, when you type in the formula, and hit “enter”, it populates the cell, and you can see the formula above in the fx dialog box, but only the summed outcome populate the cell. In this case however, after I hit ctrl+shift+enter, the entire formula reads out in the cell in text – it stretches out in long form in the cell, and it ALSO displays in the fx dialog box. So I messed up somewhere….

    • Tom Urtis says:

      Check your cell’s format before committing the formula to the cell. Take a close look by selecting the cell, then press Alt+O+E and select Format Cells. On the Number tab, try formatting to General and try the formula again, with Ctrl+Shift+Enter. It should work for you as it did (and seen) in the picture.

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