What is the function of the “AutoSum” button in Excel?

a) It calculates the sum of the selected cells

b) It formats the text as a bullet list

c) It creates an automatic summary of the worksheet

d) It generates random numbers

Show Answer

a) It calculates the sum of the selected cells

The “AutoSum” button in Excel is a convenient tool used for quickly summing, or performing other basic mathematical operations on, a range of numbers in a selected area of a worksheet. It is commonly used to calculate totals, averages, and other basic arithmetic functions in a worksheet. The “AutoSum” button can be found in the “Editing” group on the “Home” tab of the Excel ribbon.

Here’s how to use the “AutoSum” button to sum a range of numbers:

  1. Select the cell where you want the result (sum) to appear.
  2. Click on the “AutoSum” button in the Excel ribbon.
  3. Excel will attempt to automatically detect the range of numbers to sum. It will enclose the suggested range in a dashed border. You can adjust this range by clicking and dragging the mouse to select a different range if needed.
  4. Press “Enter” or click the checkmark (√) in the formula bar to confirm your selection.

Excel will calculate the sum of the numbers in the selected range and display the result in the chosen cell. This is a quick and efficient way to perform simple calculations in Excel without having to manually write out a SUM function.

The “AutoSum” button can also be used for other basic functions such as average, count, maximum, minimum, etc. Simply click the drop-down arrow next to the “AutoSum” button to choose a different function before selecting your range of cells.