Using Google Sheets is the way to go when you have to deal with numbers â€” itâ€™s useful too, even if you just want to add a couple of numbers. And more often than not, itâ€™s a lot more convenient to use than your calculator app.

If youâ€™re just beginning to integrate Google Sheets into your projects and want to find a quick way to add some of your digits, youâ€™re indeed on the right page. Follow along as we explore two easy methods on how to add in Google Sheets with step-by-step guides.

You can use your spreadsheets as you would a calculator, quite literally. Recalling arithmetic basics, we have the plus sign (+)Â as one of the most common mathematical operators, which we can use to add numbers in Google Sheets.

Hereâ€™s what you can do:

2. Next, put an equal sign (=) and type a number (one of your addends)
3. After that, place a plus sign and input your second number
1. Finally, hit the EnterÂ or ReturnÂ key once youâ€™re done, and you should see the sum on your selected cell.

While this method is easy, typing the numbers manually as youâ€™re creating your basic addition equation is prone to human error. Notice that you wonâ€™t be able to see the two numbers that youâ€™ve entered prior to the sum.

This prevents visual ease in finding which part of your equation is wrong. For example, you intended to sum up 520 and 143, but you happened to type 529 instead. So, quite apparently, youâ€™re bound to see a wrong result.

To solve such a potential issue in the first method, you can try inputting the two numbers you want to add in separate cells. Then, you can start making your addition equation.

Hereâ€™s how to do it:

2. Then, select another cell and place the second addend
3. Next, click another cell and put something following this syntax: =B2+C2
1. After that, press EnterÂ or ReturnÂ to see your results

Your sum would automatically change as you modify the addends entered on your cells. This way, not only did you create a pretty fool-proof formula, but you also made an automatic calculator.

Another way to sum up your numbers is to use the ADD formula. Itâ€™s no different from using the addition operator, but it can enhance your dataâ€™s consistency and integrity. On top of that, it also ensures that you use the right operator, especially when the minus sign (-)Â is just beside the plus sign on a standard QWERTY computer keyboard.

### Basic Syntax and How to Use It

`=ADD(value1, value2)`

Notice that this function only accepts two arguments, which are simply the two values that you want to add. Hereâ€™s how you use it.

1. First, select a cell and type =ADD(Â in it
2. Next, type your first number, such as 214, and insert a comma after
3. Input your second number, like 38 in this example, and close the function with a parenthesis
1. After that, toggle theÂ Enter or ReturnÂ key, and you should see your results

Another way you can use the ADD function is through the Functions menu that you will see on the toolbar of Google Sheets. Itâ€™s located at the rightmost position beside the Create a FilterÂ button.

2. Next, toggle the Functions button and locate Operator
3. Hover over the Operator option to display all functions under it
4. Then, locate the ADD function and click on it
1. Input your two addends and ensure to separate them with a comma
1. After that, hit Enter or Return, and youâ€™re done.

As you may have observed, the ADD function is a built-in formula that comes with a couple of limitations. The most noticeable one is that it can only accept two arguments, which can hinder your goals in case you want to add more than two values.

This function also limits the types of arguments â€” it only accepts numbers â€” that you can enter. SinceÂ it rejects other inputs like cell rangesÂ (e.g., A1:A3), it becomes unsuitable for adding up a column in Google Sheets.

Instead, you can try the manual input of the plus sign and selection of the cells you want to add one by one, like =A1+A2+A3+â€¦+A[N]. Alternatively, you may also want to try the more versatile SUM function.

### What Is the SUM Function and How Does It Differ from ADD?

If youâ€™re looking for easy methods on how to add up a row in Google Sheets, you may find the SUM function useful. Itâ€™s a predefined formula in Google Sheets that accepts more than two numbers and ranges, which makes it much more powerful than the ADD function. It uses the following syntax.

`Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â =SUM(value1, [value2, ...])`

For better visualization, hereâ€™s an example of how to add up a row in Google Sheets using the SUM function.

1. To get started, click on a cell and type =SUM(
2. Next, select your cell range, such as B2:E2, and close the function with a parenthesis
1. Finally, press Enter or Return,Â and youâ€™ll see your results

The SUM function also accepts a maximum of 30 arguments, as per Googleâ€™s documentationÂ about it. By arguments, we mean the values separated by a comma. If you prefer, you can use it to your advantage by selecting multiple ranges, e.g., =SUM(A1:A5, B1:B5, C1:C5).

If youâ€™re thinking of combining two pieces of text into one value using the addition operator or the ADD function, expect Google Sheets to prompt you for the wrong formula. This is because it doesnâ€™t work like Python, a coding language that allows you to add two strings with a plus sign.

Instead, you may want to check out the CONCAT and CONCATENATE functions when thinking of combining texts in a spreadsheet. Then, read our full-blown tutorial on How to Append Text to Each Cell in a Column in Google SheetsÂ to know more about adding strings.

## Wrapping Up

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#### Emma Collins

Emma Collins is a tech writer for Spreadsheet Point. She's been writing tech tutorials & how-to guides on Windows, Android, iOS, Social Media, Data Recovery, Cybersecurity, Gaming, and more as a tech writer for over 6 years. You can find her work on many established tech websites, including Productivity Spot, Hackr.io, MakeUseOf, Help Desk Geek, Online Tech Tips, HandyRecovery, Cleverfiles, and more.