Microsoft Excel serves as a versatile and powerful computational tool, easily accessible to most users. One of the many functions you can perform in Excel is addition. Whether you’re looking to add millions of values or just a few, Excel has you covered. Just like any other software, Excel requires some input from the user to generate the desired output. You can utilize Excel’s various formulas for addition, such as the SUM function. Additionally, you can simply combine the ‘=’ and ‘+’ symbols to add values from different cells. Interested in learning how this function works in Excel? Then read on.
Addition in Excel can be done in several ways, the simplest and least advanced way is to add values from different cells together using the ‘+’ symbol. For small and quick calculations, this is fine. However, for more extensive calculations involving dozens of cells or more, the SUM function is more efficient. This function allows you to add multiple ranges of cells, even if those ranges are quite extensive. Both ways are relatively simple formulas for addition in Excel. There are also advanced summing options, like the SUMIF and SUMIFS functions, which we’ll explain further. We will now explain these in a little more detail.
The SUMIF function adds together cells that meet certain criteria or conditions that you set.
Example syntax: =SUM.IF(range, criterion, [optelbereik])
Let’s say a group of friends had a game night and recorded scores for each game in Excel. The SUMIF formula could be used to tally each person’s total points. For example, to tally Nancy’s points:
=SUMIF(A2:A37, E2, C2:C37)
If you wish to expand this formula to calculate points for a specific game, you can use the SUMIFS function.
Which sums cells based on multiple conditions.
Example syntax: =SUMIFS(sum_range, criteria_range1, criteria1, …)
To calculate Thor’s points for darts, you could use:
=SUMIFS(C2:C37, A2:A37, E5, B2:B37, E6)
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