Sometimes you would like to know the sum of a range of cells in an Excel spreadsheet, but
you don't need to input a formula to get it. Rather than getting out the old-fashioned
calculator, all you need to do is to highlight the cells containing the data to be totaled, and
the sum is already calculated for you. Take a look in the status bar across the bottom of
the Excel program. (If you don't have a status bar across the bottom then go to the View
menu and check the Status Bar option).
There it is! I use this feature all the time if I need the sum for another worksheet or report, or just a quick look at the total. For example, in a billing spreadsheet in which each invoice is on its own line,
I can highlight all the cells containing the invoice amounts to get a quick total of the invoicing we're doing this month. Handy!