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Summing a group of cells without using a formula
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. However, you can
choose from several other operations, or you can even tell Excel
not to calculate a running total for any selected cells.
Summarize data in a group of cells
1 Select the cells that you want to summarize to have the summary
appear on the status bar.
Find the total, average, or other values of cell
1 Right-click the status bar, and choose the summary operations that
you want from the shortcut menu.
TIP Active summary operations are checked on the shortcut
menu. Clicking a checked summary operation turns off that
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