- By Curtis Frye
- Understanding Formulas and Cell References in Excel
- Creating Simple Cell Formulas
- Assigning Names to Groups of Cells
- Using Names in Formulas
- Creating a Formula That References Values in an Excel Table
- Creating Formulas That Reference Cells in Other Workbooks
- Summing a Group of Cells Without Using a Formula
- Creating a Summary Formula
- Summing with Subtotals and Grand Totals
- Exploring the Excel Function Library
- Using the IF Function
- Checking Formula References
- Debugging Your Formulas
Summing a Group of Cells Without Using a Formula
Sometimes, such as when you’re entering data into a worksheet or you’re curious to find out the sum or average of the values in a few cells, it’s too much work to find a blank cell and write a formula to calculate the sum or average for the cells. Rather than make you create a separate formula, Excel counts the number of cells selected, calculates a running total and average for the currently selected cells, and displays the results on the status bar. Finding the sum, average, and count of the values in the selected cells are the most commonly used operations, so Excel calculates those values by default. You can choose from several other operations, however, or even tell Excel not to calculate a running total for any selected cells.
Summarize Data in a Group of Cells
Select the cells you want to summarize.
Find the Total, Average, or Other Values of Cell Data
Right-click the status bar, and choose the summary operations you want from the shortcut menu.