# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I need a formula to do a running total in a column of my excel spreadsheet
Solved by C. H. in 24 mins
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Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
Hello, welcome to got it pro.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
We are delighted to have you here with us.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
I believe you want help with a running total, right?
User 05/09/2018 - 08:56
yes
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:57
Please tell me details along with the data.
User 05/09/2018 - 08:58
I want to get a running total of positive and negative amounts on a spreadsheet
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:58
That's great. But to clearly understand the problem, I need to see what you meant by " positive and negative amounts", can you show me your file?
User 05/09/2018 - 09:00
Can I type an example in the blanks XLSX
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:01
Sure, that would be great.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:01
User 05/09/2018 - 09:03
I have typed in particulars
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:03
Okay, now please describe what you need.
User 05/09/2018 - 09:04
To have a running total in colum D of entries in C
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:04
You said something about negative and positive amount.
User 05/09/2018 - 09:05
Yes I need monies in to be deducted
User 05/09/2018 - 09:06
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:08
Which one is negative and which one is positive again?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:08
I need to know just to make sure I got the clear idea.
User 05/09/2018 - 09:09
The rent is the one that has to be deducted from the running total
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:09
So everything that goes to In column is negative, right?
User 05/09/2018 - 09:11
The money out is negative because I have not yet got that money. The rent will be positive
User 05/09/2018 - 09:11
So the 1052.30 is negative then the rent is added but number will still be negative
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:12
Sorry, In order to write a formula I need to know every details. I know you think it should be straight forward for an excel expert, but we solve different kind of problems and each problem is different for each individuals.
User 05/09/2018 - 09:13
What you have done is correct
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:13
SO, what I need you to is, manually filling in column E with running total, then I will write the formula accordingly in column F>
User 05/09/2018 - 09:16
have done that hank you
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:17
The first cell formula in F2 is =D2-C2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:17
From F3 use this formula =F2+D3-C3 and drag it down for running total.
User 05/09/2018 - 09:18
Many thanks

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