Add a list of numbers in a column


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


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

    Click first empty cell below column

  2. 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 .

    Press RETURN


  • 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.

    Sum result in status bar

  • You can quickly insert the AutoSum formula by typing the COMMAND + SHIFT + T keyboard shortcut.

See also

Use Excel as your calculator

Add and subtract numbers

Multiply and divide numbers

Calculation operators and order of operations

Enter a series of numbers, dates, or other items

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