how to subtract in excel

原创 admin 2021-01-09 02:23 

There's no SUBTRACT function in Excel. However, there are several ways to subtract numbers in Excel. Are you ready to improve your Excel skills?

1. For example, the formula below subtracts numbers in a cell. Simply use the minus sign (-). Don't forget, always start a formula with an equal sign (=).

Subtract Numbers in a Cell

2. The formula below subtracts the value in cell A2 and the value in cell A3 from the value in cell A1.

Subtract Numbers in a Range

3. As you can imagine, this formula can get quite long. Simply use the SUM function to shorten your formula. For example, the formula below subtracts the values in the range A2:A9 from the value in cell A1.

Use the Sum Function to Subtract Numbers

Take a look at the screenshot below. To subtract the numbers in column B from the numbers in column A, execute the following steps.

4a. First, subtract the value in cell B1 from the value in cell A1.

Relative Reference

4b. Next, select cell C1, click on the lower right corner of cell C1 and drag it down to cell C6.

Subtract Columns

Take a look at the screenshot below. To subtract a number from a range of cells, execute the following steps.

5a. First, subtract the value in cell A8 from the value in cell A1. Fix the reference to cell A8 by placing a $ symbol in front of the column letter and row number ($A$8).

Absolute Reference

5b. Next, select cell B1, click on the lower right corner of cell B1 and drag it down to cell B6.

Subtract a Number from a Range of Cells

Explanation: when we drag the formula down, the absolute reference ($A$8) stays the same, while the relative reference (A1) changes to A2, A3, A4, etc.

If you're not a formula hero, use Paste Special to subtract in Excel without using formulas!

6. For example, select cell C1.

Select Cell

7. Right click, and then click Copy (or press CTRL + c).

8. Select the range A1:A6.

9. Right click, and then click Paste Special.

10. Click Subtract.

Paste Special Subtract

11. Click OK.

Paste Special Subtract Result

Note: to subtract numbers in one column from numbers in another column, at step 6, simply select a range instead of a cell.

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