Microsoft Office Tutorials and References

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**Chapter 9: Playing with Formulas**

2. Type the equal sign (=).

This tells Excel that you are creating a formula.

3. Type your formula that includes one or more cell references that

identify cells that contain data, such as A4 or E8.

For example, if you want to add the numbers stored in cells A4 and E8,

you would type
=A4+E8
.

4. Press Enter.

Typing cell references can get cumbersome because you have to match the

row and column headings of a cell correctly. As a faster alternative, you can

use the mouse to click any cell that contains data; then Excel types that cell

reference into your formula automatically.

To use the mouse to click cell references when creating a formula, follow

these steps:

1. Click in the cell where you want to store the formula. (You can also

select the cell by pressing the arrow keys.)

Excel highlights your selected cell.

2. Type the equal sign (=).

This tells Excel that anything you type after the equal sign is part of your

formula.

3. Type any mathematical operators and click any cells that contain

data, such as A4 or E8.

If you want to create the formula =A4+E8, you would do the following:

a. Type
.

This tells Excel that youâ€™re creating a formula.

b. Click cell A4.

Excel types the A4 cell reference in your formula automatically.

c. Type
.

d. Click cell E8.

Excel types in the E8 cell reference in your formula automatically.

4. Press Enter.

After you finish creating a formula, you can type data into the cell references

used in your formula to calculate a new result.