Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Summing a Table Column.

Summing a Table Column

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 26, 2012)

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Word allows you to do simple spreadsheet-style calculations on tabular data. You do this using equation fields. For instance, let's assume you had a 20-row table in which you wanted to total the values in the third column. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Position the insertion point in the cell you want to contain the total. (In this example, you would position the insertion point in the bottom cell of the third column.)
  2. Choose Formula from the Table menu. Word displays the Formula dialog box. (See Figure 1.) Notice that a suggested formula is already filled in the Formula box.
  3. Figure 1. The Formula dialog box.

  4. Using the Number Format drop-down list, select how you want the number to be formatted. (This step is optional.)
  5. Click on OK.

At this point Word places the sum of your column in the cell. If you have the Tables and Borders toolbar visible on your screen there is an easier way to sum a table column. Follow these two steps:

  1. Position the insertion point in the cell you want to contain the total. Typically, this is the bottom cell in a column of numbers.
  2. Click on the AutoSum tool on the Tables and Borders toolbar.

Once the sum is placed in the cell (whichever method you follow to place it there), and you later change the column figures, remove rows, or add new rows, you will need to update the sum. You do this by selecting the field you inserted and then pressing F9.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (58) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Summing a Table Column.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 8 - 1?

2015-04-11 22:05:27

Tony

Lenny:
Simply add a single "0" onto the blank rows and it works perfectly.
I have tried this with multiple blank rows with the zero inserted and it is not a problem and works a treat.


2015-04-11 22:01:33

Tony

Brilliant, thank you Allen.

I have been using Excel until I read this, the above saves a lot of time and works perfectly each and every time, I have "Borders and Shading" on my word documents as a default so not a problem.
I have multiple complex columns in my spresdsheets, the only thing I would add is if there is any problem with multiple columns simply copy the figures you wish to add together from your spreadsheet table, include a blank row at the bottom or top for the total to be included, paste onto a new word document and simply click on "autosum" or "M".
It works every time and takes seconds.
If you have multiple additions and subtractions using the same method above simply add a - before the subtractions.

Thanks again Allen, you are a star.


2014-11-16 13:37:03

Jack

How does one sum multiple columns not just a row, like rows 115-200 in cols 11, 12, 13? Thanks.


2014-05-30 15:26:38

Lenny

this does not show how to sum a column when there are blanks in that column.


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