How to Create a VBA To Show Details For A SUMIFS Function

What Is VBA?

Visual Basic for Application (VBA) is a human-readable and editable programming code that gets generated when you record a macro.  VBA is used to write programs for the Windows operating system and is almost exclusively used with other Microsoft Office systems like Excel, Word, and MS-Access.

What This VBA Code Does

Someone approached me with code they found on a website that wasn’t quite working with their formulas. He asked me to create a VBA macro that would allow him to mimic the double-clicking function of Pivot tables to be able to show the details of a summarized number, but in this case, for SUMIFS formulas.

The VBA code should 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 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:


However, this would not work:


The reason for 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.

You simply run it on any selected cell with a formula utilizing the SUMIFS function and it will filter the source data according.

The VBA Code:

sub DetailForSUMIFS()

‘PURPOSE: Display Data Making up a SUMIFS result (similar to a Pivot Table Double-Click)



  • Dim SumRange As Range
  • Dim CriteriaRange As Range
  • Dim CriteriaValue AsVariant
  • Dim DataSheet As Worksheet
  • Dim TargetCell As Range
  • Dim FormulaString AsString
  • Dim TestExpression As String
  • Dim objRegEx AsObject
  • Dim RegExResult AsObject
  • Dim InputArray AsVariant
  • Dim x AsInteger
  • Dim FirstField AsInteger
  • ‘Store activecell into a variable
  • Set TargetCell = ActiveCell
  • ‘Ensure cell’s formula contains a SUMIFS function
  • IfNot TargetCell.Formula Like “*SUMIFS(*” Then
  • MsgBox “No SUMIFS Function reference was found. Aborting…”
  • ExitSub
  • EndIf
  • ‘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
  • ForEach Match In RegExResult
  • FormulaString = Match.Value
  • ExitFor
  • Next Match
  • EndIf
  • Else
  • ExitSub’RegEx Rule failed to find anything
  • EndIf
  • ‘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)
  • EndWith
  • ‘Remove any existing filters on data & turn filtering on (if applicable)
  • If DataSheet.AutoFilterMode And DataSheet.FilterMode Then
  • DataSheet.ShowAllData ‘Clear Filters
  • ElseIfNot DataSheet.AutoFilterMode Then
  • CriteriaRange.CurrentRegion.AutoFilter ‘Turn on Filters
  • EndIf
  • ‘Apply SUMIFS Filtering to Source Data
  • For x = 1 ToUBound(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
  • EndIf
  • 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
  • EndSub

Here is an Example of How This Works:

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

After running the macro, you can see that 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.

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

Chances are this post did not give you the exact answer you were looking for. We all have different situations and scenarios and it is impossible to account for every particular one that you might encounter. However, it is always a good start to get you going. If you are looking for an automated tool, that does all of this for you without having to lift a finger, Datarails is the place to check out. It is an FP&A solution made to consolidate data from any existing system into one unified database to give you real-time, accurate insights into your data sets.

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