Although Excel would be the go-to application forcalculating data, calculations can be performed within Word tables. Wecould create a formula to add sales values, work out percentagecommission, or multiply values:

- Click where you would like your answer to be (that is, place yourcursor in the total cell).
- On the
Layout tabunder Table Tools, choosethe Formula icon, asillustrated in the following screenshot:

- The Formula dialog box will openand will automatically enter a formula to add values in a table cell,as illustrated in the following screenshot:

- Check that the formula is correct. (Word automatically assumes thatwe are adding all the values above, which is correct in this example.Always double-check after the calculation is assumed by Word, as you maywish to alter the formula to
`=sum[LEFT]`if you are to add allthe values to the left, or`=sum[RIGHT]`to add all the valuesto the right of the formula cell.) - Click on OK.

To update a formula, press *F9* on your keyboard. If youchange any of the table values, which will have an impact on any formulain the table, select the table and press *F9* on your keyboard toupdate the formula. Alternatively, right-click on the answer, and selectUpdate Field, as illustrated inthe following screenshot:

To multiply, subtract, or divide in a Word table, simply use the rowsand column cell references in the formula. For example, to sum up thevalues 9000 + *B* and row *2* and column *B* and row*3* to identify the cell references for the cells to use in theformula to obtain the total in column *C*, row *6*.