How to Use a VBA Macro to Sum Only Visible Cells

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If you have a range of cells that includes hidden rows or hidden columns, Microsoft Excel does not provide an easy way to sum only the visible cells.

The SUM function totals all the cells in a range, including hidden cells. The SUBTOTAL function ignores hidden rows only if they are part of a filtered list that was created using the AutoFilter or Advanced Filter command.

The following custom function sums only the visible cells in a range. To use the custom function, type the following into a cell on a worksheet
where A1:A5 is the range that you want to sum.


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Sample Visual Basic Procedure

   Function Sum_Visible_Cells(Cells_To_Sum As Object)
       For Each cell In Cells_To_Sum
           If cell.Rows.Hidden = False Then
               If cell.Columns.Hidden = False Then
                   total = total + cell.Value
               End If
           End If
       Sum_Visible_Cells = total
   End Function
Note that if you hide or unhide cells after you enter the formula into the worksheet, the formula will not recalculate automatically, even if Calculation is set to automatic. You can make the formulas recalculate if Calculation is set to automatic and you take any of the following actions:

  • You edit any cell on the sheet. -or-

  • You press F9, which forces a recalculation. -or-

  • You close the workbook.


For more information about creating custom functions in Microsoft Excel 97, from the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type function statement, click Search, and then click to view "Function Statement."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions
"Visual Basic User's Guide," version 5.0, Chapter 3, "Creating a User- Defined Function"


Article ID: 150363 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh
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