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How to calculate cumulative sum / running total of a column in Excel? 

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-04-24

A calculate cumulative or running total is used to watch the summation of numbers that is updated every time when a new number is entered to the sequence. This article, I will talk about how to solve it in Excel worksheet.

Calculate cumulative sum or running total of a column with formulas


Calculate cumulative sum or running total of a column with formulas

To get the cumulative sum for a column data, you can apply the following formulas, please do as this:

1. Enter this formula: =SUM($B$2:B2) into a blank cell beside your data, see screenshot:

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2. Then press Enter key to get the first result, and then select the formula cell and drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, see screenshot:

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Note: With the above formula, the cumulative totals in the rows below the last value in column B shows the same cumulative total. If you don’t want to show anything, please apply this formula: =IF(B2="","",SUM($B$2:B2)) , and you will get the below screenshot result:

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