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Mac Works: Adding Cells that May Contain Text or Numeric Values

PSS ID Number: Q102157 Article last modified on 10-22-1998

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The information in this article applies to:

  • == Microsoft Works for the Macintosh, versions 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 ==


In Microsoft Works, use the SUM() function to obtain the sum of cells that may contain either text or numeric values.

For example, instead of typing =A1+A2+A3+B5+C2+5, where one or all of the cells may contain text, enter the following:


The following is an even simpler method:


The SUM() function ignores text values and adds only numeric values. Values passed to the SUM() function can be numbers, individual cell references, ranges, or other functions.

Note: Entering =A1+A2+A3+B5+C2+5 will disregard the cell if any of the specified cells do not contain numeric values.

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Version : 2.0 3.0 4.0 Platform : MACINTOSH Issue type : kbinfo ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1998.