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Finding the Sum of a Sequential Integer Range in Excel

Excel is a powerful tool that can help you perform a wide range of calculations and data analysis tasks. One of the most common tasks that people use Excel for is finding the sum of a sequential integer range. This can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as calculating the total sales for a particular month or finding the average score for a group of students.

Using the SUM Function

The easiest way to find the sum of a sequential integer range in Excel is to use the SUM function. The SUM function allows you to add up a range of cells in a worksheet. To use the SUM function, follow these steps:

Step 1: Select the Range of Cells

The first step is to select the range of cells that you want to add up. To do this, click on the first cell in the range and drag your mouse to the last cell in the range. The cells should now be highlighted.

Step 2: Enter the SUM Function

Next, you need to enter the SUM function into a cell where you want the sum to appear. To do this, click on the cell where you want the sum to appear and type “=SUM(” followed by the range of cells that you selected in Step 1. For example, if you selected cells A1 through A10, you would type “=SUM(A1:A10)”.

Step 3: Press Enter

Finally, press the Enter key on your keyboard to calculate the sum. The sum of the selected cells should now appear in the cell where you entered the SUM function.

Using AutoSum

If you don’t want to manually enter the SUM function, you can use the AutoSum feature in Excel. The AutoSum feature automatically adds up a range of cells for you. To use AutoSum, follow these steps:

Step 1: Select the Range of Cells

As with the SUM function, the first step is to select the range of cells that you want to add up.

Step 2: Click the AutoSum Button

Next, click on the cell where you want the sum to appear. Then, click on the AutoSum button in the Editing group on the Home tab. Excel will automatically enter the SUM function and select the range of cells that you selected in Step 1.

Step 3: Press Enter

Finally, press the Enter key on your keyboard to calculate the sum. The sum of the selected cells should now appear in the cell where you clicked the AutoSum button.

Using the Fill Handle

If you need to find the sum of a sequential integer range that is too large to select manually, you can use the Fill Handle feature in Excel. The Fill Handle allows you to quickly fill a series of cells with a pattern or sequence. To use the Fill Handle to find the sum of a sequential integer range, follow these steps:

Step 1: Enter the First Number

The first step is to enter the first number in the sequential integer range into a cell. For example, if you want to find the sum of the numbers 1 through 100, you would enter “1” into a cell.

Step 2: Drag the Fill Handle

Next, click on the cell where you entered the first number. Then, click and drag the Fill Handle (the small square in the bottom-right corner of the cell) down to the last cell in the range. Excel will automatically fill in the cells with the sequential integer range.

Step 3: Use the SUM Function or AutoSum

Finally, you can use the SUM function or AutoSum to find the sum of the sequential integer range. Simply select the range of cells that you filled in with the Fill Handle and use the SUM function or AutoSum as described above.

Excel is a powerful tool that can help you perform a wide range of calculations and data analysis tasks. By using the SUM function, AutoSum, or the Fill Handle, you can quickly and easily find the sum of a sequential integer range in Excel.

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