How to insert a formula to sum a column or row of a table in Microsoft Word
One of the greatest challenges encountered during the manual data entry process is the likelihood of errors in calculations and transposing of numbers. This is why programs like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word have become increasingly popular in calculating and processing accurate data.
You may be familiar with how to calculate data in Microsoft Excel, but are you aware that you can sum a column or row of a table in Microsoft Word?
How to sum a column of a table in Microsoft Word
If you want to sum a column of data of the table shown below in Microsoft Word, here are a few simple steps to get it done:
Step 1. Open a Microsoft Word document, insert table and enter the all necessary data in the first column.
Step 2. Place the cursor in the blank cell, at the bottom of the first column, then click Layout under Table tools.
Step 3. Click fx Formula at the top right corner of your Microsoft Word document.
Step 4. A dialogue box labelled “formula” will be displayed, complete with the formula =SUM(ABOVE). Click OK.
You will notice that the all the data in the first column of the table is added up and the result is shown in the bottom cell as seen below.
How to sum a row of a table in Microsoft Word
Here are a few easy steps to follow if you want to accurately sum a row of the table shown below in Microsoft Word:
Step 1. Open a Microsoft Word document, insert table and enter your data in the first row as seen in the table above.
Step 2. Place the cursor in the blank cell of the first row, then click Layout under Table tools.
Step 3. Then click fx Formula at the top right corner of your Microsoft Word document.
Step 4. A dialogue box labelled “formula” will be pop up, complete with the formula =SUM(LEFT). Click OK.
All the data in the first row of the table is added up and the result is shown in the blank cell as seen below.
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