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AutoSum Button not always working

Q: Sometimes when I use the AutoSum button in Excel, it doesn't always find the right range of cells. Sometimes it only gets the bottom of the column - other times only pieces. What's wrong?

A: First of all, I don't like the AutoSum button. It's very strange. But, if you're going to use it, try this trick: before clicking on the AutoSum button, select (highlight) your range first, then hit the AutoSum. It should properly guess your range now. Personally, I like to just type in the formula by hand. We cover this in depth in our Microsoft Excel courses.

Just be careful when using the AutoSum button that it did, indeed, catch all of the cells in the range you want. Let's say you want to AutoSum a column that has a few hundred rows in it. You can't see them all on the screen at one time, and you don't realize there's a break in the data around, say, row 90. You hit AutoSum and it only gets half the column. That's where the problem comes in. Just be careful, or better yet, highlight the whole column first, then hit AutoSum.

 

 


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