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Excel shortcuts

If you work with numbers in Microsoft Excel, you'll eventually need to sum them up. You could add each number individually, but that would take too much time. Fortunately, there's a shortcut. The Autosum feature in Excel can quickly sum a range of cells. Here's how to use it.

First, select the cell where you want the sum to appear. Then click the Autosum button on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Excel will automatically select the range of cells to sum based on the cells above and to the left of the active cell. If the range is correct, press Enter. If not, select the correct range before pressing Enter.

You can also use the Autosum button to sum a column or row of numbers. To sum a column, select the cell below the column you want to sum. To sum a row, select the cell to the right of the row you want to sum. Then click the Autosum button as before.

If you want more control over which cells to sum, you can use the SUM function. For example, to sum cells A1 to A5, you would enter =SUM(A1:A5) in the active cell. The SUM function can be used to sum cells in any direction, not just horizontally or vertically. It can also be used to sum non-contiguous ranges of cells.

The Autosum button is a quick and easy way to sum a range of cells in Excel. With a little practice, you'll be able to use it to sum columns, rows, or any range of cells you need.

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