VBA To Show Detail For A SUMIFS Function

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 09/30/19 •  7 min read
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What This VBA Code Does

I had a colleague at work come to me with some code he had found on the MrExcel forums that wasn’t quite working with his formulas. The ask was to create a VBA macro that would allow him to essentially mimic the double-clicking function of a Pivot Table to show the detail of a summarized number, but for SUMIFS formulas.

The VBA code was to be run on a single cell’s formula and instantly navigate the user to the source data and filter using just the criteria within the SUMIFS function. This would show the user the detail (other fields in the source data’s table) associated with the results of the SUMIFS function being used within the cell.

The solution proposed in the forum worked for very simplistic formulas with only the use of a single SUMIFS function within the formula and no additional math. For example, the following would work:


But this would not work:


This is because the proposed solution was not accurately extracting just the SUMIFS piece from the formula string. I used my limited knowledge of Regular Expressions within my VBA solution to build upon the code and make it more usable.

Below is the modified solution I came up with. You simply run it on any selected cell with a formula utilizing the SUMIFS function and it will filter the source data according.

VBA Code:

Sub DetailForSUMIFS()
'PURPOSE: Display Data Making up a SUMIFS result (similar to a Pivot Table Double-Click)
'INSPIRATION: www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/616156-drilling-down-into-sumifs-formula.html
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim SumRange As Range
Dim CriteriaRange As Range
Dim CriteriaValue As Variant
Dim DataSheet As Worksheet
Dim TargetCell As Range
Dim FormulaString As String
Dim TestExpression As String
Dim objRegEx As Object
Dim RegExResult As Object
Dim InputArray As Variant
Dim x As Integer
Dim FirstField As Integer

'Store activecell into a variable
  Set TargetCell = ActiveCell

'Ensure cell's formula contains a SUMIFS function
  If Not TargetCell.Formula Like "*SUMIFS(*" Then
    MsgBox "No SUMIFS Function reference was found. Aborting..."
    Exit Sub
  End If
'Isolate SUMIFS function via REGEX rule
  Set objRegEx = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
  objRegEx.IgnoreCase = True
  objRegEx.Global = True

  objRegEx.Pattern = """.*""" ' remove any prior rules
  TestExpression = CStr(TargetCell.Formula)
  'Isolate anything between "SUMIFS(" and ")"
    objRegEx.Pattern = "SUMIFS\((.*?)\)"
    'objRegEx.Pattern = "(?<=SUMIFS\()(.*)(?=\))" '>> not sure why this rule does not work...
  'Gather Result from RegEx Rule (only using first match)
    If objRegEx.test(TestExpression) Then
      Set RegExResult = objRegEx.Execute(TestExpression)
      If RegExResult.Count > 0 Then
        For Each Match In RegExResult
          FormulaString = Match.Value
          Exit For
        Next Match
      End If
      Exit Sub 'RegEx Rule failed to find anything
    End If

'Split SUMIFS function inputs via "," and store in Array variable
  FormulaString = Replace(FormulaString, "SUMIFS(", "")
  FormulaString = Left(FormulaString, Len(FormulaString) - 1)
  InputArray = Split(FormulaString, ",")

'Determine Range of the first Criteria in formula (2nd Input)
  Set CriteriaRange = Range(InputArray(1))

'Pull Sheet Reference for where data is stored from Criteria Range
  With CriteriaRange
    Set DataSheet = Workbooks(.Parent.Parent.Name).Worksheets(.Parent.Name)
  End With

'Remove any existing filters on data & turn filtering on (if applicable)
  If DataSheet.AutoFilterMode And DataSheet.FilterMode Then
      DataSheet.ShowAllData 'Clear Filters
  ElseIf Not DataSheet.AutoFilterMode Then
    CriteriaRange.CurrentRegion.AutoFilter 'Turn on Filters
  End If

'Apply SUMIFS Filtering to Source Data
  For x = 1 To UBound(InputArray)
    'Ensure we are looking at only Criteria range-related inputs (#2, #4, etc...)
    If x Mod 2 <> 0 Then
      'Determine Location of first column in Source Data
        FirstField = DataSheet.Range(InputArray(x)).Column - DataSheet.AutoFilter.Range.Columns(1).Column + 1
      'Determine Criteria Value to Filter Data by
        CriteriaValue = Evaluate(InputArray(x + 1))
        DataSheet.Range(InputArray(x)).AutoFilter Field:=FirstField, Criteria1:=CriteriaValue
    End If
  Next x

'Store SUMIFS first input (Sum Range) to a variable
  Set SumRange = Range(InputArray(0))

'Select the SUM Range to display total amout in Excel's Status Bar
  Application.Goto SumRange
'Scroll to the top of the data set
  ActiveWindow.ScrollRow = 1

End Sub

Example of How This Works:

Here is a simple setup, where my SUMIFS formula is summing all the orders associated with the state of Ohio.

How To Filter On The Detail of A Sumifs formula with VBA

After running the macro, you see the Ohio data is filtered and the sum range is highlighted. This allows me to look at the bottom right corner of my Excel window and easily see that the sum of the filtered data matches the result my SUMIFS formula is coming up with. Pretty cool, huh?

How To Filter On The Detail of A Sumifs formula with VBA

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.