Published On: December 21st, 2020|3.3 min read|

How To Add Numbers, Cells, And Columns In Excel

There are a number of methods you can use to add in Excel. You can add values using formulas, buttons, or functions. In this blog, we will begin with the simplest way to add values in one cell. Now, Let’s begin with adding numbers in Excel.

Adding numbers In Excel

If you want to add numbers in one cell, you can use a very simple formula. 

  • Start with typing the equal sign in a cell you have chosen.
  • Enter an equal sign first, then a number, then a plus sign, you can add as many numbers as you want.
  • Press Enter to see the result.

In the screenshot below, you can see  =50+30+55 in cell C15, once you press Enter, you will get the result.

how to add numbers in a cell

Adding cells in Excel

If you want to add cells, start with the formula again. Begin by choosing the cell you want to see the results in. 

  • Type the equal sign 
  • Click on the cell that you want to add
  • Type the plus sign, then click on another cell; you can add as many cells as you want.
  • Press Enter  

In the screenshot below, cell B2 is equal to $50, cell B3 is equal to $30, and so on. So, you can see a series of cell references added as follows: =B2+B3+B4+B5+B6+B8. Once you press Enter, the sum of the values inside each will be displayed. In this case the sum is $351.50.

how to add cells in Excel
results of added cells in Excel

Tip: You can also combine numbers and cells, following the above procedure. Start by typing the equal sign, then the number you want, then a plus sign, then click on a cell, then another number, add as many combinations as you want, and then press Enter to see the result. You can also see the formula in the Formula Bar.

As you can see in the screenshot, we have: =50+B2+30+B3+55+B4. When you press Enter you get the result.

how to add combination of cell and numbers

Adding up a column in Excel

In order to add up an entire column, start by selecting an empty cell. In this case, I have chosen cell C15. Then follow up by carrying out these steps to write the formula.

  • Type the equal sign
  • Type the word sum
  • Open parenthesis and then type in the First cell reference, then type in a colon, type the Last cell reference of that particular column, like this =SUM(First CELL: Last CELL)
  • Press Enter

As you can see in the screenshot, the formula comes to this =SUM(C2:C14), where C2 is the First cell in the column, and C14 is the Last cell. You don’t need to use upper case to type the formula and there is no need to close parenthesis after you typed in the last cell reference, press Enter, and see the end results. 

how to add and entire column using the formula

Tip: There is an easier way to select the column. First, you have to type the formula as shown below:


Then drag your cursor to select the column, finally, press Enter to see the results.  

To wrap up, the sum formula is: =SUM(Cell:Cell)

In this blog, you learned about some of the easiest primary methods you can use to add numbers, cells, or add up and entire columns in Excel and how to use the formula.

I hope you found this guide helpful. You can also check out other relevant blogs, and find out ‘How to Calculate Average in Excel’ or ‘How to Sum in Excel’. 

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One Comment

  1. MURIEL Cohen January 6, 2022 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I list expenses (meds), (charities) etc for taxes. How do I add colums separately. ?

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