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# How to Total a Column in Excel

## Using the AutoSum Function

One of the quickest and easiest ways to total a column in Excel is by using the AutoSum function. This function automatically adds up the values in the selected column or range of cells and displays the result in the cell below the selected range.

To use the AutoSum function, follow these simple steps:

1. Click on the cell where you want to display the total.
2. Click on the AutoSum button (Σ) in the Editing group on the Home tab of the ribbon.
3. Excel will automatically select the range of cells above the selected cell that it thinks you want to sum. If this is correct, press Enter. If not, adjust the range by dragging your mouse over the cells you want to include in the sum, and then press Enter.

That’s it! The total of the selected column or range of cells will be displayed in the cell where you clicked.

## Manual Calculation with SUM Formula

If you prefer to calculate the total of a column manually, you can use the SUM formula. This function adds up the values in a selected range of cells and displays the result in the cell where the formula is entered.

To use the SUM formula, follow these steps:

1. Click on the cell where you want to display the total.
2. Type “=SUM(” into the cell.
3. Drag your mouse over the range of cells that you want to include in the sum. Alternatively, you can manually type the cell range into the formula after the “=SUM(“.
4. Close the formula with a closing parenthesis (“)”) and press Enter.

The total of the selected column or range of cells will be displayed in the cell where you entered the formula. If you need to adjust the range of cells included in the sum, simply edit the formula and update the cell range.

## Including Only Selected Cells

If you have a column with multiple values, but you only want to sum up specific cells within that column, you can manually select those cells and include them in your sum.

1. Click on the cell where you want to display the total.
2. Type “=SUM(” into the cell.
3. Manually select the cells that you want to include in the sum while holding down the Ctrl key.
4. Close the formula with a closing parenthesis (“)”) and press Enter.

The total of the selected cells will be displayed in the cell where you entered the formula. If you need to adjust the selected cells included in the sum, simply edit the formula and update the cell range.

## Utilizing Quick Analysis Tool for Totals

Excel also provides a Quick Analysis tool that can help you quickly calculate totals and other functions for a selected range of cells. This tool can be accessed by selecting the range of cells and then clicking on the Quick Analysis button that appears at the bottom right of the selected range.

To utilize the Quick Analysis tool for totals, follow these steps:

1. Select the range of cells that you want to calculate the total for.
2. Click on the Quick Analysis button that appears at the bottom right of the selected range.
3. In the Quick Analysis menu, click on the “Totals” tab.
4. Click on the “Sum” option to calculate the total of the selected cells.
5. The total will be displayed in the cell below the selected range.

The Quick Analysis tool can be a great time saver when you need to calculate totals or perform other functions quickly on a selected range of cells.

## Creating a Total Row with Table Feature

If you have a large table of data with multiple columns and rows, you can create a total row that automatically calculates the totals for each column. This can be especially helpful when you need to perform calculations on a large set of data.

To create a total row with the table feature, follow these steps:

1. Click anywhere within the table of data that you want to create a total row for.
2. Click on the “Table Design” tab that appears in the ribbon.
3. In the “Table Style Options” group, select the “Total Row” checkbox.
4. A new row will appear at the bottom of the table labeled “Total”. Click on the cell in the Total row for the column that you want to calculate the total for.
5. Click on the drop-down arrow that appears in the cell and select the function you want to use to calculate the total, such as “Sum” or “Average”.
6. The total for that column will be automatically calculated and displayed in the Total row.

You can repeat steps 4 and 5 for each column that you want to calculate the total for. The Total row will automatically adjust as you add or remove rows or columns from the table.