Using DESCENDANTCELLS for Subtotals in a Project Budget

A new Project Budget template in the gallery is available that demonstrates the use of the formula SUM(DESCENDANTCELLS()) function to calculate subtotals for hierarchical budget categories. This uses the Indent/Outdent feature in

The Budget column in this worksheet calculates the cost for each task by adding the fixed costs, materials, labor and other costs. To avoid showing a subtotal in this column, it uses the CHILDCELLS function to check whether the row has any children in the hierarchy, displaying a dash for the summary task rows: IF(COUNTA(CHILDCELLS(A))>0,"-",E+FG+HI+J)

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