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Published at Mon Aug 26 2024 in
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# How to Add Numbers in Google Sheets in 2024

Alberto Manassero, Product Growth Manager, Rows

You've got a pull of numerical figures on your sheet — it may be an invoice sheet, accounting report or product prices — and you are wondering how to add multiple figures without manually adding them yourself — Then this article is for you.

In this guide, you'll learn how to add numbers in Google Sheets in 2024.

## How to Add Numbers in Google Sheets: Step-by-step guide

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to add numbers in Google Sheets using:

1. Selecting cell method

2. Addition (+) method

3. SUM method

4. SUMIF method

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### Method 1: Selecting cell method

This method automatically generates the sum of any two or more numerical data you highlight. You can find the sum below your Google Sheets — on the bottom left corner precisely.

### Method 2: Using the addition (+) sign method

You can add numbers using the plus (+) sign. Pick the cell references you want to add and put a plus sign in between each variable

For example:

=A1+B1+C1

Replace A1, B1, and C1 with the cells containing the numbers you want to add.

For the example below, I used D2, D4, D6 and D8, respectively. Once you type in the syntax, click the “enter tab” on your keyboard to see the sum of the cell references you picked.

### Method 3: Using SUM function

The SUM function is a built-in formula that adds all numbers in a range of cells.

Start with the syntax for SUM, which is —

=SUM(range)

- Inside the parentheses, enter the range of cells (e.g., C3:C7)

- You can add multiple ranges separated by commas

- Example: =SUM(A1:A10, C1:C10, E1:E10)

- This method is efficient for adding large ranges of cells

For this example, I sought the SUM of five cell references from C3 to C7.

After typing the syntax, you'll see the figure of the SUM execution.

Another method to execute the SUM function is by doing the following —

• Highlight the numbers you want to add.

• Click on “Insert”

• Once done, you'll see a pop-up of different functions — click “ function”.

• Afterwards, click SUM to execute addition.

### Method 4: Using SUMIF method

The SUMIF function adds numbers based on a specified condition.

Elaboration:

- Syntax: =SUMIF(range, criterion, [sum_range])

- range: The cells to evaluate

- criterion: The condition to check (e.g., ">100", "=Apple")

- sum_range: (Optional) The actual cells to sum if different from the range

- Example: =SUMIF(A1:A10, ">100", B1:B10) sums values in B1:B10 where the corresponding value in A1:A10 is greater than 100

- Useful for conditional summing based on a single criterion

## Common Mistakes to Avoid When Adding Numbers in Google Sheets

Avoiding common mistakes when adding numbers in Google Sheets will ensure accurate results and save time troubleshooting.

Look out for some of the most common errors:

• Using the wrong function

Make sure to use SUM() for adding numbers, not functions like AVERAGE() or COUNT(). These functions serve different purposes and will give incorrect results when added.

• Incorrect cell references

Double-check that you're including all the cells you want to add. Be careful with relative vs. absolute cell references (\$ symbol). Mixing these up can lead to errors when copying formulas.

• Including non-numeric data

Ensure all cells in your range contain only numbers. Text or empty cells can cause errors or unexpected results in your calculations.

• Forgetting to update ranges

When adding new data, remember to extend your SUM range. Failing to do so will result in incomplete calculations that don't include your new data.

• Mixing data types

Be cautious when adding cells with different formats (e.g., percentages and whole numbers). This can lead to unexpected results if not handled properly.

## How to Add Numbers in Rows [Easier Alternative]

Rows is a comprehensive spreadsheet for modern teams that offers a modern UI, built-in integrations for live data ingestion, and native AI capabilities (AI analyst, AI-generated subtitles, native AI functions).

To add numbers in Google Sheets, follow the same steps you'll use in Google Sheets — the two main methods are:

### Method 1: Using the addition (+) sign

For this example, I add 4 cell references in the C column.

Afterwards, I clicked the “enter tab” on my keyboard. Below is the result.

### Method 2: Using the SUM Function

Start with the syntax for SUM, which is —

=SUM(range).

Choose any data you wish to add and press “enter”.

Here's the result below —

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The methods for adding numbers in rows are not any different from what you can do in Google Sheets, but what makes them stand out?

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See the example below, that showcases how to import live data from Notion:

### AI-powered automation — Helps you automatically generate additions

With the AI Analyst, you can extract valuable insights from your data. Click on the "AI Analyst“ icon, and you'll see tabs for “Quick insights” and “Deep dives.”

“Quick insights” lets you extract valuable insights from your data.

With insights, you don't need to worry about entering any formula — all you need to do is look up to the insights suggested or ask the AI analyst.

The deep dives section is where the sauce is — it automatically detects all the cells and variables of your table, offering automated pivots, slices and summaries of your data.

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