Summing It Up With Two Keys in MS Excel

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Most of you are familiar with the AutoSum feature in MS Excel and find it very handy indeed. All you have to do is click that icon on your toolbar and bingo! your formula for the sum of a data range is located just above whatever cell you have selected.

I know that there are lots of folks out there like me who prefer to use the keyboard as much as they can because we like fewer keystrokes and saving time! So if you are one of those folks, here is another quick and easy way to sum in MS Excel.Select the cell below your column of data   Then simply click ALT + = (Alt, plus the equal sign).

Ta-da! The formula needed to sum up the column of data is inserted with the cell references in place, just as if you had clicked the Autosum icon on your toolbar.

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