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How to Use the AutoSum Shortcut in Excel

If you're like most people, you probably use the AutoSum shortcut in Excel quite often. After all, it's a great way to quickly add up a column or row of numbers. But did you know that there's more to AutoSum than just adding numbers? In this article, we'll take a look at some of the other things you can do with AutoSum, including how to average a column of numbers, how to find the largest or smallest value in a column, and how to count the number of cells in a column that contain a certain value.

To start, let's take a look at how to use AutoSum to add up a column of numbers. To do this, simply select the cells you want to add, then press the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+2). Excel will automatically insert the SUM function into the cell above the selection, and the result will be displayed in the cell. You can also use AutoSum to add up a row of numbers by selecting the cells you want to add, then pressing the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+3).

Now let's take a look at how to use AutoSum to average a column of numbers. To do this, select the cells you want to average, then press the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+4). Excel will automatically insert the AVERAGE function into the cell above the selection, and the result will be displayed in the cell. You can also use AutoSum to average a row of numbers by selecting the cells you want to average, then pressing the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+5).

Next, let's take a look at how to use AutoSum to find the largest or smallest value in a column. To do this, select the cells you want to check, then press the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+6). Excel will automatically insert the MAX or MIN function into the cell above the selection, and the result will be displayed in the cell. You can also use AutoSum to find the largest or smallest value in a row by selecting the cells you want to check, then pressing the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+7).

Finally, let's take a look at how to use AutoSum to count the number of cells in a column that contain a certain value. To do this, select the cells you want to check, then press the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+8). Excel will automatically insert the COUNTIF function into the cell above the selection, and the result will be displayed in the cell. You can also use AutoSum to count the number of cells in a row that contain a certain value by selecting the cells you want to check, then pressing the AutoSum shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+9).

As you can see, there's a lot more to AutoSum than just adding numbers. By taking advantage of the other functions that AutoSum can perform, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort when working with data in Excel.

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