How to Add Numbers in Excel (Basic way)

How to add numbers in Excel (Basic way)

This video tutorial will guide you through a simple way how to add numbers in Excel.

Let’s not lose any more time – this is how it’s done!

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Basic Way How to Add Numbers in Excel

To start with, it’s important to realise that there’s more than one way how to do adding in Excel, and these methods are more advanced. Here we’re gonna concentrate on the basic, simple way how to add two numbers in a table.

We’ll use this table as an example to show how to work out anything we need, step by step. There are numbers written in columns A and B. Thanks to an easy formula, we’ll add them and the result will appear in column C.

How to add numbers in Excel (Basic way) - add two numbers

First, click on the cell in which you want to display the result. Let’s select cell C2 for our first calculation.

Now, find the ‘equal’ key and press it. This works as some kind of signal to Excel that we want to enter a formula in the cell.

Then we click on the cell that contains the first number to be added, in this case, it’s cell A2. Once we’ve selected the cell, we can see how another part of the formula appeared after the ‘equal’ sign – it’s the cell reference, A2.

Next, we need to add the symbol for the mathematical operation we want to carry out, so we’ll use an plus.

After that, click on the cell which you want to add, in this case it is B2.

How to add numbers in Excel (Basic way) - pick the numbers you want to add

So, what we’ve just done is that we’ve told Excel to add the number in cell B2 to the number in cell A2.

Hit ‘Enter’ and you’re done! The result is available at once.

How to add numbers in Excel (Basic way) - result of adding

You can use similar steps to subtract, multiply or even divide in Excel. You can watch separate tutorials that describe how to do these calculations in more detail.

But this is not all! Here comes a handy little ‘lifehack’ just for you!

How to Copy Sum Formula into Adjacent Cells by Using the Fill Handle

If you need to add the numbers in rows 3 and 4, click on the cell containing the formula we’ve just created, which is cell C2.

Hover over the bottom right corner of the cell until you see a cross symbol, then use left-click to drag the formula down through the rest of the rows.

How to add numbers in Excel (Basic way) - use formula in whole column

And here it is! Good job! You’ve managed to add the numbers in all three rows!

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