The SUBTOTAL function can either include or exclude values in hidden rows, which makes it especially useful in Excel Tables or filtered data. By default, SUBTOTAL excludes values in rows hidden by a filter. Regardless of the calculation performed, SUBTOTAL returns an aggregate result from a set of data. Note: the SUBTOTAL function automatically ignores other SUBTOTAL formulas that exist in references to prevent double-counting.

### Examples

Below are examples of SUBTOTAL configured to SUM, COUNT, and AVERAGE the values in a range. Notice the only difference is the value used for the function_num argument: In the worksheet shown above, the formulas in C4 and F4 are:

### Available calculations

SUBTOTAL behavior is controlled by the function_num argument, which is provided as a numeric value. There are 11 functions available, each with two options, as seen in the table below. Notice these values are “paired” (e.g. 1-101, 2-102, 3-103, and so on). This is related to how SUBTOTAL deals with manually hidden rows. When function_num is between 1-11, SUBTOTAL includes cells that have been manually hidden. When function_num is between 101-111, SUBTOTAL excludes values in rows that have been manually hidden. Note: SUBTOTAL always ignores values in cells that are hidden with a filter. Values in rows that have been “filtered out” are never included, regardless of function_num.

### SUBTOTAL in Excel Tables

The SUBTOTAL function is used when you display a Total row in an Excel Table. Excel inserts the SUBTOTAL function automatically, and you can use a drop-down menu to switch behavior and show max, min, average, etc. Excel uses SUBTOTAL for calculations in the Total row of an Excel Table because SUBTOTAL automatically excludes rows hidden by the filter controls at the top of the table. That is, as you filter rows in a table with a Total row, calculations automatically respect the filter.

### SUBTOTAL with outlines

Excel has a Subtotal feature that automatically inserts SUBTOTAL formulas in sorted data. You can find this feature at Data > Outline > Subtotal. SUBTOTAL formulas inserted this way use the standard function numbers 1-11. This allows the subtotal results to remain visible even as rows are hidden and displayed when the outline is collapsed and expanded. Note: although the Outline feature is an “easy” way to insert subtotals in a set of data, a Pivot Table is a better and more flexible way to analyze data. In addition, a Pivot Table will separate the data from the presentation of the data, which is a best practice.

### Notes

When function_num is between 1-11, SUBTOTAL includes values that are hidden When function_num is between 101-111, SUBTOTAL excludes values that are hidden In filtered lists, SUBTOTAL always ignores values in hidden rows, regardless of function_num. SUBTOTAL ignores other SUBTOTAL formulas that exist in references to prevent double-counting. SUBTOTAL works with vertical data. In horizontal ranges, values in hidden columns are always included.

### Dave Bruns

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