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Chapter 11. Entering Data and Formulas > Entering Simple Calculations

Entering Simple Calculations

A calculation can be simple (the sum of a column of numbers) or complex (a financial, statistical, or scientific computation), but it is always entered as a formula that begins with an equal sign (=). If any numbers change in the cells that supply values to the formula, the result of the calculation changes immediately. This immediate recalculation lets you perform what-if analyses; you can see the change in the bottom line immediately when you change any of the contributing numbers.

To sum two numbers in a cell:

  • Type =number+number—for example, =26+75.


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