# Excel Addition Operator

## Addition Operator

Addition uses the `+`

symbol in Excel, and is also known as **plus**.

There are two ways to do addition in Excel. Either by using the `+`

symbol in a formula or by using the** SUM** function.

How to add cells:

- Select a cell and type (
`=`

) - Select a cell
- Type (
`+`

) - Select another cell
- Hit enter

You can add more cells to the formula by typing (+) between the cells.

Let's have a look at some examples.

## Adding Two Manual Entries

- Type
`A1(=)`

- Type
`5+5`

- Hit enter

**Congratulations!** You have successfully added `5+5=10`

.

## Adding Two Cells

First let's add some numbers to work with. Type the following values:

How to do it, step by step:

- Type
`B1(=)`

- Select
`A1`

- Type (
`+`

) - Select
`A2`

- Hit enter

**Great!** `30`

is the result by adding `A1`

and `A2`

.

## Adding Several Cells

First let's add some numbers to work with. Type the following values:

Step by step to add several cells:

- Type
`B1(=)`

- Select
`A1`

- Type (
`+`

) - Select
`A2`

- Type (
`+`

) - Select
`A3`

- Type (
`+`

) - Select
`A4`

- Type (
`+`

) - Select
`A5`

- Hit enter

**Good job!** You have successfully added five cells!

## Adding with SUM

Let's keep the numbers from the last exercise. If you did last exercise, remove the value in `B1`

.

Step by step to add with SUM:

- Type
`B1(=SUM)`

- Double click the
`SUM`

command - Mark the range
`A1:A5`

- Hit enter

**Note:** `SUM`

saves you time! Keep practicing this function.

## Adding Using Absolute Reference

You can also lock a cell and add it to other cells.

How to do it, step by step:

- Select a cell and type (
`=`

) - Select the cell you want to lock, add two dollar signs (
`$`

) before the column and row - Type (
`+`

) - Fill a range

Let's have a look at an example where we add `B(5)`

to the range `A1:A10`

using absolute reference and the fill function.

Type the values:

Step by step:

- Type
`C1(=)`

- Select
`B1`

- Type dollar sign before column and row
`$B$1`

- Type (
`+`

) - Select
`A1`

- Hit enter
- Fill the range
`C1:C10`

**Great!** You have successfully used absolute reference to add `B1(5)`

with the range `A1:A10`

.