Add Formula in Word 2010 - Microsoft Word

What is Add Formula in Word 2010?

In this section, we will talk over how to add formula to a table in Word 2010. Microsoft Word lets you to use mathematical formula in table cells which can be used to add numbers, to find the average of numbers, or find the largest or the smallest number in table cells you state. There is a list of formulae, you can select from the various based on the necessity. This section will explain you how to use formula in word tables.

Add a Formula

Resulting are the easy steps to add formula in a table cell available in Word document.

Step 1 − Consider the resulting table with the total number of rows. Click in a cell that should contain the sum of the rows.


Step 2 − Now click the Layout tab and then click the Formula button; this will display a Formula Dialog Box which will propose a default formula, which is =SUM(LEFT) in our case. You can choice a number format using Number Format List Box to show the result or you can change the formula using the Formula List Box.

Step 3 −
Now click OK to apply the formula and you will see that the left cells have been added and the sum has been put in the total cell where we wanted to have it. You can repeat the process to have the sum of other two rows as well.


Cell Formulae

The Formula dialog box provides the following important functions to be used as formula in a cell.


Formula & Description



The average of a list of cells



The number of items in a list of cells


MAX( )

The largest value in a list of cells


MIN( )

The smallest value in a list of cells



The multiplication of a list of cells


SUM( )

The sum of a list of cells

We accept you are aware with how to create a spreadsheet program; you can build your word cell formula. Word formulae use a reference system to refer to an individual table cells. Every column is recognized by a letter, starting with A for the first column, B for the second column, and so on. Once the letter comes the row number. Thus, the first cell in the first row is A1, the third cell in the fourth row is C4, and so on.

Following are useful points to help you in constructing a word cell formula.


Cell References and Description


A single cell reference, such as B3 or F7


A range of cells, such as A4:A9 or C5:C13


A series of individual cells, such as A3, B4, C5


ABOVE, referring to all cells in the column above the current cell.


BELOW, referring to all cells in the column below the current cell.


LEFT, referring to all cells in the row to the left of the current cell


RIGHT, referring to all cells in the row to the right of the current cell

You can also construct simple Math expressions, such as B3+B5*10 by using simple mathematical operators +, -, /, *, %.

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