how to sum.  I am getting errors.

Posted on 2014-01-17
Last Modified: 2014-01-18

using excel 2007 for windows

i press sum button and this does not work

tell me how you do it.
Question by:rgb192
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Expert Comment

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You need to make sure that the active cell is just below a column (or to the right of a row) of numbers. If you have numbers in b2:b9, click on cell b10 and then click the SUM button.
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Expert Comment

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The SUM() function sums numbers, but all your numbers except 5.90 are entered as text.  Remove the trailing spaces from the numbers and try again.
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by:Rob Hutchinson
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You're not doing anything wrong...but...for some reason the formatting in column A is messed up.

I retyped everything into another clean column and the sum function woorked fine.
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Just checked the attached spreadsheet. Either remove the spaces after each number, or just re-enter them. Only a16 is registering as a number.  The rest are viewed as text because of the extra space after the number.

Author Comment

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I do not understand

Could you send me the edited spreadsheet

what is the correct sum?
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Hi rgb.

See in your original how all numbers except the last (5.90) have a large margin on the right?  The margin is from 2 spaces.  Edit each one (e.g. press F2), remove the trailing spaces, then hit Enter, and it will be entered as a number.

See attached.  I have removed the trailing spaces and added a sum.

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ID: 39791391
Thanks. This sum works.

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