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Adding numbers in Google Sheets is a fundamental skill for anyone working with numerical data. In this step-by-step guide, we'll explore various methods to effortlessly perform addition within your Google Sheets, enabling you to make accurate calculations and streamline your data analysis.

Using Basic Formulas

1. Select Cells: Highlight the cells containing the numbers you want to add.
2. Type the Formula: In the formula bar, type "=CELL1 + CELL2" (replace CELL1 and CELL2 with the actual cell references).
3. Press Enter: Hit Enter, and Google Sheets will display the result of the addition.

Utilizing the SUM Function

1. Select Cell: Click on the cell where you want the result.
2. Type the Formula: In the formula bar, type "=SUM(CELL1:CELL2)" (replace CELL1 and CELL2 with the actual cell references or the range of cells you want to add).
3. Press Enter: Hit Enter, and the cell will display the total sum of the selected cells.

Handling Empty Cells

To avoid errors when dealing with empty cells, use the IF function:

1. Type the Formula: In the formula bar, type "=IF(ISBLANK(CELL1), CELL2, CELL1 + CELL2)" (replace CELL1 and CELL2 with the actual cell references).
2. Press Enter: Google Sheets will check if CELL1 is blank; if true, it will display the value of CELL2, otherwise, it will perform the addition.

Copying Formulas

Efficiently add numbers in a range of cells using the fill handle:

1. Select Cell with Formula: Click on the cell containing the addition formula.
2. Use Fill Handle: Drag the fill handle (a small square at the bottom-right corner of the selected cell) to cover the range where you want to apply the formula.