# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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For each row, I want to add the values in columns 3, 4 &5, and enter the result in column 6. I also want to calculate a running total of the values in column 6 for each row and enter the result in column 7.
Solved by G. B. in 40 mins
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User 27/09/2018 - 01:06
I have excel that produces documents endin .xlsx
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:06
Hi Welcome to Excelchat
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:07
Can you please share that excel file? The recent version of excel have .xlsx as file extension
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:08
Are there are any column headers?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:09
Formula for sum will be =SUM(C2:E2)
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:09
You can put the above formula in cell F2
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:10
Should
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:10
*Shouldn't it be 320?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:14
Are you there?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:14
Can you tell me why did you make it 0?
User 27/09/2018 - 01:14
I have put these formulae in but the answers are not 0
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:15
It is happening because of Pound sign
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:16
Can you paste that formula in your excel and let me know?
User 27/09/2018 - 01:16
I want to work in GBP
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:16
Sure
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:16
It will work with excel. Seems some issue with Google Sheets
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:17
In your local excel, once you enter the numbers go to Home > Select "Currency" from Number menu
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:18
If you can share your excel file that would be great
User 27/09/2018 - 01:18
I can make the formula =SUM(C2:E2) work but do I have to type this formula each time into the column called "bal"?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:18
No
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:19
If you hover your curson around the blue box (at bottom right) you can drag from there till the area where you need the formula
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:19
*cursor
User 27/09/2018 - 01:20
How do i put this formula in each row when the digits starting "2" increase each row down the page?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:21
Sorry I didnt get you
User 27/09/2018 - 01:22
have put the formula in box F2.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:23
Yes
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:23
Now you can copy that cell
User 27/09/2018 - 01:23
How do i continue down the page without having to change the row number/
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:23
Then select the cells where you want the same formula to apply i.e. sum of C D and E
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:23
Paste the formula in those cells
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:23
The row numbers will change automatically
User 27/09/2018 - 01:24
OK The bigger problem is how to get a running total incolumn G
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:25
Yes, so for that basically you need the sum of 111 and 209. In the second row, right?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:25
So for that you can use =E3+F2
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:25
and when you do the same copy paste, the row numbers will automatically change
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:26
You can try pasting the formula in row 4
User 27/09/2018 - 01:27
Yes but Do I have to type this in for lots of rows?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:27
No No
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:27
You can copy paste or drag and drop
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:28
By drag and drop I mean dragging the bottom right corner of the formula cell till the row you want it to appear
User 27/09/2018 - 01:29
Do the row numbers change automatically?
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:29
Yes :)
User 27/09/2018 - 01:29
I will try .Thanks I may have to ask you again!
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:30
Row numbers are dynamic unless specifically made static by adding \$ sign before them. For e.g. D\$2
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:30
Sure
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:30
Feel free to do so
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:30
Have a good day
User 27/09/2018 - 01:31
That is the most useful thing to know that the \$ keep the number the same. Thank you. good bye.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 01:31
:)
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