How to calculate sums in a Word table

November 19, 2009 at 2:02 am | Posted in Computer | Leave a comment

Set up a table in Word and use a formula to work out sums.

If you want to include a table with figures in a Word document, Word can do basic sums on the table for you.

Create the table, move the cursor to the bottom cell in the column that will contain the total. Click on the Table menu and then on Formula. The default option in the window should be =SUM(ABOVE).

You can change the number format, depending on what numbers are in the equation. You can find other commands by clicking on the Paste Function menu. Click on OK and the total will be displayed.

You can add a row by replacing ABOVE with LEFT. In either case, be careful not to leave any gaps otherwise Word will only add up to the gap, and will not take the rest of the row or column into account.

– contributed by Frank Hanks –


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