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AutoSum in Excel with Shortcut

AutoSum in Excel will help you to SUM a Column or the Row which has Numbers. AutoSum in Excel is a Perfect example which shows how Excel loves doing Math.

To AutoSum, make a selection of the Cell next to the Number that you wish to SUM.

In the Home Tab, go to AutoSum, in its dropdown, select SUM and Press Enter.

You’re good to go.

Once you’ve clicked on AutoSum, Excel automatically inserts a Formula in the Selected Cell. The Formula uses the SUM Function. SUM Function helps to SUM the numbers. If you found your results, then you can read this blog also. Strikethrough Shortcut in Microsoft Word & Excel

What is AutoSum in Excel?

Example for AutoSum in Excel:

Situation: Column A contains the Dataset of TV Sold by USA, India, China, Japan and Russia. In front of it you have Column B, C, D for Jan Feb and March respectively

Problem 1) How will you find out the SUM of TV Sold by all the Countries in the Month of Jan?

Problem 2) How will you find out the Sum of TV Sold by India and China in the Month of Jan, Feb and March?

Solution 1: To find out the SUM of TV Sold by all the Countries in the Month of Jan

Autosum Errors you should avoid

Steps to avoid using autosum:

  • In the Cell B7, Type equals to sign ‘=’
  • Select the Cells as ‘=B2+B3+B4+B5+B6’
  • In the Cell B7, you get the answer for SUM product as 2,50,000

Autosum what errors we get

✓ How to use Autosum Correctly 

Steps to do autosum in excel:

  • In the Cell B7, Type equals to sign ‘=’
  • In the Home Tab, Go to Autosum. In Autosum drop down select SUM

AutoSUM in Excel

  • Press Enter
  • You get the answer for your SUM product i.e. 2,50,000 in our case

Automatic Calculate with AUTOSUM

Autosum in Excel will automatically calculate the SUM of the instructed row which had equals to sign.

How to sum multiple rows in excel?

A faster way to add up the values in several cells or Columns in Excel is to follow these steps:

Solution 2: To find out the Sum of TV Sold by India and China in the Month of Jan, Feb and March:

✖️ What you do? ✖️

 Steps to avoid doing sum of multiple rows in Excel:

  1. For India, In the Cell E3, Type equals to sign ‘=’
  2. Select the cells as ‘=B3+C3+D3’
  3. You get the answer for SUM product as 1,65,000
  4. Then for the China, In the Cell E4, Type equals to sign ‘=’
  5. Select the cells as ‘=B4+C4+D4’
  6. You get the answer for SUM product as 1,50,000

What you do with Autosum

What you should do? 

Steps to sum of multiple rows in Excel:

  • Select the Cell India, China and their Months i.e. Jan, Feb and March respectively till Column E
  • In the Home Tab, Go to Autosum. In the Autosum drop down select SUM
  • Press Enter
  • You get the answer for your SUM product i.e. 1,65,000 and 1,50,000 in front of India and China respectively

Inserted Row AutoSUM

With the given steps you’ll be able to SUM Multiple rows and Columns using Autosum in Excel.

Autosum in Excel will automatically calculate the SUM of the instructed rows

Note: We make the selection till Column E as we want the SUM of China to appear in Column E.

In this tutorial, you were able to see how to SUM numbers in a Column and how to SUM Numbers of Multiple Columns using Autosum in Excel.


What is the definition of Autosum in Excel?

In this Tutorial, you’ll learned about what is Autosum in Excel and How to do Autosum in Excel.

Autosum in excel definition:

What do you understand by the Word Autosum? It is a simple Excel Function in your Spreadsheet. Autosum in excel definition is, ‘An Excel Function which when used inserts a Formula in the Selected Cell. A Function or Excel Formula which helps to SUM the numbers. It adds the Numbers in the above Column. Not just this much, Autosum in Excel fix the range of Cells by looking at the Data above the selected Cell.

This approach to adding up the cells, numbers in Columns and Rows is interesting.

You just need to learn the right way to do Autosum in Excel.

Did you know we had an AutoSum Excel Shortcut?


What is the Autosum Excel shortcut?

Autosum Excel shortcut is ALT.

Steps to Autosum Excel shortcut:

  • Select the Cell next to the Number that you wish to SUM
  • Place the Cursor below the Column or to the left of the row of Numbers that you wish to SUM
  • Press ALT equals to ‘=’. Hold the ALT while pressing = sign
  • Press Enter
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