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101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By : John Walkenbach
Book Image

101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By: John Walkenbach

Overview of this book

Excel is a popular program. Millions of people throughout the world use it on a regular basis. But it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of users have yet to discover some of the amazing things this product can do. 101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?is packed with information that you need to know in order to confidently and seamlessly master the challenges that come with using Excel! Excel 2013 is excellent, but there's lots to learn to truly excel at Excel! In this latest addition to his popular Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf series, John Walkenbach, aka "Mr. Spreadsheet," shares new and exciting ways to accomplish and master all of your spreadsheet tasks. From taming the Ribbon bar to testing and tables, creating custom functions, and overcoming "impossible" charts, mixing nesting limits, and more,?101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?will save you time and help you avoid common spreadsheet stumbling blocks.
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Tip 28: Learning Some AutoSum Tricks

Just about every Excel user knows about the AutoSum button. This command is so popular that it’s available in two Ribbon locations: in the Home⇒Editing group and in the Formulas⇒Function Library group.

Just activate a cell and click the button, and Excel analyzes the data surrounding the active cell and proposes a SUM formula. If the proposed range is correct, click the AutoSum button again (or press Enter), and the formula is inserted. If you change your mind, press Esc.

Be careful if the range to be summed contains any blank cells. A blank cell will cause Excel to misidentify the complete range. If Excel incorrectly guesses the range to be summed, just select the correct range to be summed and press Enter.

You can also access AutoSum using your keyboard. Pressing Alt+= has exactly the same effect as clicking the AutoSum button.

The AutoSum button can insert other types of formulas. Notice the little arrow...