To quickly get a total instead of typing each number into a calculator.


  1. Click the first empty cell below a column of numbers.

    After you click AutoSum, the selection area and formula are displayed
  2. Do one of the following:

    • Excel 2016 for Mac: : On the Home tab, click AutoSum.

      AutoSum on the Home tab
    • Excel for Mac 2011: On the Standard toolbar, click AutoSum.

      Click AutoSum on Standard toolbar

    Tip: If the blue border does not contain all of the numbers that you want to add, adjust it by dragging the sizing handles on each corner of the border.

  3. Press RETURN .

    After selecting AutoSum, the selection area and formula are displayed


  • If you want a quick total that doesn't have to appear on the sheet, select all the numbers in the list, and then look at the status bar at the bottom of the workbook window.

    Select a column of numbers to see the sum at the bottom of the page
  • You can quickly insert the AutoSum formula by typing the COMMAND+ SHIFT + T keyboard shortcut.

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