How to use Excel SUM Function

how to use excel sum function

Quick Intro

Use Excel SUM Function to sum numeric values. In simple words, You can use this function to sum numbers. SUM function is the most used function in excel.

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Syntax

SUM(number1,[number2],…)

  • number1 A number, a range of cells which contain numbers or a single cell which contain a number.
  • [number2] A number, a range of cells which contain numbers or a single cell which contain a number.

More Information on Excel SUM Function

  • You can specify non-continues ranges to sum by differentiating them by using commas.
  • You can also insert numbers directly into the function.
  • You can also use the shortcut key ALT + = to sum cells.

Examples

As I have already mentioned that you can insert numbers directly into the function by using commas between them.

Insert Vallues In Excel SUM Function

You can also simply refer to a range for calculating the sum of the numbers in those cells. And if there is text, logical values or empty cells in those cells it will ignore them.

SumValues With Excel Sum Function

If there is an error value in a cell which you are referring, it will #N/A in the result.

Excel Sum Function Will Not Perform Sum If Error Occurs

If you have numeric values which are formatted as text if will ignore them. It is recommended to format them into number format before using SUM Function.

Excel Sum Function Will Not Perform Sum If Values are in text format

Sample File

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel SUM Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There is also you have SUMIF function which is highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.



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