# How to Get a Sum in Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for managing data, and one of its most basic yet essential functions is calculating sums. Whether tracking expenses, analyzing sales figures, or managing a budget, knowing how to get a sum in Excel can save you time and improve your efficiency.

## How to Get a Sum in Microsoft Excel

Calculating sums in Microsoft Excel is an essential skill for managing and analyzing data. Below, you’ll find simple and direct steps to help you quickly sum up numbers in your spreadsheet using different methods.

Open the Excel sheet where you want to calculate the sum. Ensure your data is organized in rows or columns.

• ### Step 2. Select the Cells You Want to Sum

Click and drag to highlight the cells containing the numbers you want to add together. You can select cells in a single column, row, or a range of cells.

• ### Step 3. Use the ‘AutoSum’ Button

Navigate to the “Home” tab on the Excel ribbon. Locate the “AutoSum” button, which looks like a Greek letter sigma (Σ). Click on this button, and Excel will automatically create a SUM formula for the selected range.

• ### Step 4. Press ‘Enter’

After clicking the AutoSum button, Excel will display the SUM formula in the selected cell. Press Enter to calculate the sum of the selected cells. The total will appear in the cell where you placed the formula.

• ### Step 5. Use the SUM Function Manually

If you prefer to type the formula manually, click on the cell where you want the sum to appear. Type =SUM( and then select the range of cells you want to sum. For example, if you want to sum cells A1 to A3, type =SUM(A1:A3). Press Enter to calculate the sum.

• ### Step 6. Verify the Result

Ensure the sum displayed is correct by cross-checking with your data. This step ensures accuracy in your calculations.

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## FAQs

### How do I sum a column in Excel?

Use the AutoSum button or type =SUM(A:A) to sum an entire column.

### Can I sum non-adjacent cells in Excel?

Yes, select each cell while holding down the Ctrl key, then use the AutoSum button or type =SUM(cell1, cell2, …).

### How do I sum a row in Excel?

Select the row and use the AutoSum button or type =SUM(1:1) to sum an entire row.

### Can I use AutoSum for multiple columns at once?

Yes, select the range that includes the columns and click the AutoSum button.

### How do I sum filtered data in Excel?

Use the SUBTOTAL function with =SUBTOTAL(9, range) to sum only visible (filtered) cells.