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Subtracting One Sum From Another

  1. #1
    R. U. Sirius
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    Subtracting One Sum From Another

    I have a very simple and basic question, but I'm just learning Excel,
    so please bear with me. The situation as follows:

    I have a simple spread sheet, columns C, E, and G are input, outgo,
    and balance (In that order)

    The first four (4) rows are no problem, simple add C to previous G for
    Balance.

    Then when I go to do output it's basically the same, g5 is G4 minus e5

    My question: What is the formula I need enter only once for the
    Balance column? Disregard the first four rows. I'm entering each cell
    individually =sum(e5-g4) =sum(g5-e6) etc. It really is a bummer
    entering all the individual cell formulae.

    I appreciate any assistance, and I apologize for the length of the
    post. Again, I'm just learning.

    BTW: For those who answer questions with a standard "RTFM", I don't
    have TFM.

    TIA




  2. #2
    Anne Troy
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    Re: Subtracting One Sum From Another

    Hi. I'm sorry I don't understand the pattern here; is it a typo?
    =sum(e5-g4) =sum(g5-e6)
    Perhaps you need:
    =g4+c5-e5
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    Anne Troy
    www.OfficeArticles.com

    "R. U. Sirius" <down@thestn.org> wrote in message
    news:bqkhj11ekshv05qjgat60h52r7oievr23d@4ax.com...
    >I have a very simple and basic question, but I'm just learning Excel,
    > so please bear with me. The situation as follows:
    >
    > I have a simple spread sheet, columns C, E, and G are input, outgo,
    > and balance (In that order)
    >
    > The first four (4) rows are no problem, simple add C to previous G for
    > Balance.
    >
    > Then when I go to do output it's basically the same, g5 is G4 minus e5
    >
    > My question: What is the formula I need enter only once for the
    > Balance column? Disregard the first four rows. I'm entering each cell
    > individually =sum(e5-g4) =sum(g5-e6) etc. It really is a bummer
    > entering all the individual cell formulae.
    >
    > I appreciate any assistance, and I apologize for the length of the
    > post. Again, I'm just learning.
    >
    > BTW: For those who answer questions with a standard "RTFM", I don't
    > have TFM.
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >
    >




  3. #3
    George Gee
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    Re: Subtracting One Sum From Another


    Select the cell in which you have the formula: =sum(e5-g4)
    Move your cursor to the bottom right of the cell, and it will
    become a black cross, when it is a black cross, left-click and drag
    the cursor down the column as far as you want the formula copied.

    This is called copying down.

    Hope this is what you require.

    George Gee


    R. U. Sirius wrote:
    > I have a very simple and basic question, but I'm just learning Excel,
    > so please bear with me. The situation as follows:
    >
    > I have a simple spread sheet, columns C, E, and G are input, outgo,
    > and balance (In that order)
    >
    > The first four (4) rows are no problem, simple add C to previous G for
    > Balance.
    >
    > Then when I go to do output it's basically the same, g5 is G4 minus e5
    >
    > My question: What is the formula I need enter only once for the
    > Balance column? Disregard the first four rows. I'm entering each cell
    > individually =sum(e5-g4) =sum(g5-e6) etc. It really is a bummer
    > entering all the individual cell formulae.
    >
    > I appreciate any assistance, and I apologize for the length of the
    > post. Again, I'm just learning.
    >
    > BTW: For those who answer questions with a standard "RTFM", I don't
    > have TFM.
    >
    > TIA





  4. #4
    Sandy Mann
    Guest

    Re: Subtracting One Sum From Another

    In addition to George's helpful instructions note that the SUM is
    superfluous in your formula just E5-G4 will do what you want.

    --
    HTH

    Sandy
    sandymann@mailinator.com
    Replace@mailinator with @tiscali.co.uk


    "George Gee" <georgegradwell@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:%23Dh4WZ4wFHA.3856@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >
    > Select the cell in which you have the formula: =sum(e5-g4)
    > Move your cursor to the bottom right of the cell, and it will
    > become a black cross, when it is a black cross, left-click and drag
    > the cursor down the column as far as you want the formula copied.
    >
    > This is called copying down.
    >
    > Hope this is what you require.
    >
    > George Gee
    >
    >
    > R. U. Sirius wrote:
    >> I have a very simple and basic question, but I'm just learning Excel,
    >> so please bear with me. The situation as follows:
    >>
    >> I have a simple spread sheet, columns C, E, and G are input, outgo,
    >> and balance (In that order)
    >>
    >> The first four (4) rows are no problem, simple add C to previous G for
    >> Balance.
    >>
    >> Then when I go to do output it's basically the same, g5 is G4 minus e5
    >>
    >> My question: What is the formula I need enter only once for the
    >> Balance column? Disregard the first four rows. I'm entering each cell
    >> individually =sum(e5-g4) =sum(g5-e6) etc. It really is a bummer
    >> entering all the individual cell formulae.
    >>
    >> I appreciate any assistance, and I apologize for the length of the
    >> post. Again, I'm just learning.
    >>
    >> BTW: For those who answer questions with a standard "RTFM", I don't
    >> have TFM.
    >>
    >> TIA

    >
    >
    >




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