I use tables in Word quite a lot and most of the time I am using a column just for pricing or costs or something to do with money. Luckily, Word will allow me to do simple calculations on tabular data like I do in Excel.
To do this, I must use equation fields. Suppose I have thirty row table and I wanted to total the values in the last column. Go ahead and set up a table of any size and throw some figures in the last column so you can do this with me.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
Place your cursor in the cell in which you would like the total of your data to appear. For our purposes that would be in the last cell of the last column.
- Display the Layout tab on your Ribbon under Table Tools.
- In the Data group, click the Formula tab to display the dialog box.
- Using the Number Format drop-down list, select how you would like your number to be formatted.
- Click OK.
Once the sum is placed in the cell and you later change the column data, remove or add rows, you will have to update the sum. You can do this my selecting the field and clicking F9.