# How to add a whole column in Excel

February 22, 2022

When just starting out people often find themselves wondering how to add a whole column in Excel. Usually, a formula only applies to a range of cells, not the entire column.

This is actually really simple to achieve and I will show you two quick methods on how to do it: one with a formula, the other using Excel's Status bar.

## How to add an entire column in Excel using a formula

1. Select the cell where you want to insert the sum
2. Type =SUM(
3. Select the entire column by clicking on the column letter
4. Type ) to finish the formula and hit Enter

In the example shown, the formula in D2 is `=SUM(B:B)`. This sums up all values from column B.

If you need additional info, I also wrote an article on how to use SUM function in Excel.

## How to add a column of numbers in Excel using the Status bar

The second option is to use the Status bar. This is useful when you just want a quick glance at the total sum of values, rather than actually calculating the sum using a formula.

1. Select the entire column by clicking on the column letter
2. Check the Sum field from the Status bar

Note: Be careful when referencing an entire column. While it may be useful to include all values in your formulas, this approach is prone to errors. If you accidentally insert a value anywhere in that column, it will be added to your result.

I hope this article showed you exactly how to add a whole column in Excel. However, in case you still have questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

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