Using AutoSum to Total Cells Using Excel

To Use AutoSum to Total Cells:

  • Choose the cell where you would like to display the total.
  • Choose the Formulas tab on the Ribbon.
  • Choose the AutoSum option on the Ribbon under the Formulas tab.  AutoSum will determine the formula to total the appropriate cells.
  • Hit the Enter key on your keyboard or click on the Checkmark to use AutoSum to calculate the totals.  The total will display in the cell you choose in the first step.

Creating a Formula in Excel

To Create a Formula to Perform a Calculation in Excel:

  • Choose the cell where you would like to apply the formula.
  • Type = into the cell.  You will be able to see the formula that you are inputting in its entirety in the Formula Bar, as well as in the cell.
  • Choose the cell that you would like to include as the first cell in your formula.  Excel will automatically place the cell into the formula.
  • Choose an Operator to be used in the formula (+, etc.).
  • Choose the next cell that is to be used in your formula.  Repeat the above step and this step for each cell and operator that needs to be added to your formula.
  • Hit Enter on the keyboard or the Check Mark on the Formula Bar to accept your formula.