How to Sum across entire column in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to Sum across an entire column in Excel.

SUM entire column

In Excel, working with array reference and need to access the whole column where you know empty cells are not interrupted. Like you can use SUM, COUNT, MAX function but cannot use AVERAGE or MIN function

SUM entire column Formula in Excel

SUM function adds up all the values. Here the whole column is


=SUM(col : col)

Column numbers are indexed as A, B, C goes on. Like C:C when input numbers are in the Z column.

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have 76 numbers in column A.

Here we need to sum the values present in this column their would two methods

Use the formula




Sum function adds up the numbers in the list and returns the Sum.

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel.
Notes :

  1. The formula only works with only to look up the exact match.
  2. The SUMPRODUCT function considers non-numeric values as 0s.
  3. The SUMPRODUCT function considers logic value TRUE as 1 and False as 0.
  4. The argument array must be the same size else the function returns an error.
  5. SUMPRODUCT function returns the value corresponding to the TRUE values in the returned array after taking individual products in the corresponding array.
  6. Operators like equals to ( = ), less than equal to ( <= ), greater than ( > ) or not equals to ( <> ) can be performed within a formula applied, with numbers only.

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