Summing Across Multiple Sheets

In this article, we will learn How to sum across different sheets in Excel.


Sometimes we need to access different values from different worksheets of the same excel book. Here we are accessing it to add multiple cells in Excel 2016. In this article, we will understand how to sum the values located on different sheets in excel 2016. We will use the SUM function to add numbers. SUM function allows you to sum values anywhere in the sheet. You can access it by typing or via selecting values from the sheet.

SUM Formula in Excel

SUM function adds up the values.

SUM = number 1 + number 2 + …


=SUM(list1, sheet_name1! list2, sheet_name2! list3, ...)


list1 : list of values to sum from the same sheet where function is used.

sheet_name1! list2 : list of values to sum from separate sheet.

sheet_name2! list3 : another list of values to sum from a separate sheet.

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have a list of values from sheet1, sheet2 and sheet3.

These are numbers from three different sheets and desired output sum will be in Sheet 1.

Now we use the SUM function


=SUM(D6:D8, Sheet2!C3:C5,Sheet3!C5:C7)


The resulting output is in Sheet 1.

D6:D8 adds the values of Sheet 1  D6+D7+D8

C3:C5 adds the values of Sheet 2  C3+C4+C5

C5:C7 adds the values of Sheet 3   C5+C6+C7.

It's basically the addition of values in cells

D6+D7+D8 + C3+C4+C5 + C5+C6+C7

You can select the cells separated by commas to add the numbers.

Your formula will look like the above image.

Press Enter and your desired sum will be here in Sheet 1.

As we can see, the Sum function returns the sum. You can use the Autosum option in the Home tab under Editing section.

Click the arrow key for more options like shown below.

Then select the cells to add up values in Excel. You can sum across the rows and columns using the SUM function.

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

  1. Text values and empty cells are ignored. The formula works with numbers only.
  2. The function returns error if any cell contains error value.
  3. SUM function can access upto 255 different arrays separated by commas. But there is no limit to the number of cells.

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