How to Speed up Using Autosum in Excel

In: BlogDate: May 18, 2020By: Claire Lickman

Did you know that there is a shortcut for the Autosum formula in Excel?

In this short video, Nicky shows you how to use this great timesaver, both for simple and more complex spreadsheets. You can even use Autosum on the whole table at once!

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How to Speed up Using Autosum in Excel


The Autosum formula in Excel lets you calculate the total of a specific set of cells — usually the total of the column or the row. It's great if you want to calculate the total number of sales in a month, for example. Generally we use the Sigma icon or manually type in =SUM() - but there is a faster way to do it. In this video, Nicky explains the shortcut for Autosum, and how you can use it to save time when working with spreadsheets.

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