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Chapter 1. Building Dynamic Documents in... > Performing Calculations in Tables

Performing Calculations in Tables

Word tables are useful for organizing text into rows and columns and for providing an attractive layout option for lists and other data. But tables get especially powerful and dynamic when you apply formulas to the numeric data contained within a table’s rows or columns. For example, if you have a table of sales for various departments, you could display the total sales in a cell at the bottom of the table. Similarly, if your table lists the gross margins from all company divisions, you could display the average gross margin in a cell.

Referencing Table Cells

The trick to using formulas within tables is to reference the table cells correctly. The easiest way to do this is to use the relative referencing that’s built into Word tables:


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