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Calculating Numbers in a Table in Word

  1. Leave an empty cell at the end of your row or column to insert your formula.
  2. Click in the empty cell and go to Table » Formula.
  3. If the cell you selected is:
    • at the bottom of a column of numbers, the formula should read =SUM(ABOVE).
    • at the right end of a row of numbers, the formula should read =SUM(LEFT).
  4. Click OK to insert the formula as a calculated field.
  5. If you ever change the numbers in the table you can update the calculated field: select the field, then right-click and choose Update Field.

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