AutoSum is a one-click tool in Excel to run functions on a list of data. I'm working in Excel here and I have a list of data that I want to add up. Let's look at how to do that.
How to Quickly Work With AutoSum in Excel
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1. Simple Use of AutoSum In Excel
Instead of typing the sum functions and selecting the data, I'll simply click on AutoSum and you can see that Excel does the sum for me.
2. Apply AutoSum in Excel on a Horizontal List
You can also use the AutoSum on a horizontal list of data. Here I have got a list of data from left to right. And I'll press AutoSum to sum those values up.
3. Keyboard Shortcut for Autosum in Excel
I also love the keyboard shortcut for using AutoSum. To use that I'll just press Alt + = to automatically insert an AutoSum.
4. Using Autosum in Excel for Quick Math Functions
Although this feature is called AutoSum, you can actually use it for other quick math functions. If I click the drop down arrow, you can see that I can write a quick function for averaging, counting the number of data points, or finding the maximum or minimum value in a set. I'll click on Average, and you can see that AutoSum inserts that quickly.
AutoSum is one of those time saving shortcuts for Excel that you'll rapidly find yourself using.
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