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Add formulas to a table

You can add formulas to a table, so that it automatically calculates the following:

  • Sum
  • Average
  • Count (counts the cells in a column or row)
  • Cell (displays the value of another cell)
  • Equation (lets you manually insert a formula)

This makes the table work like a spreadsheet.

To add a formula, click outside the table to exit editing mode, if you were entering data. Then click the cell where you want to enter the formula, to select it.

Next, right-click the cell, and choose Insert> Formula to display the sub-menu , and choose the formula that you want. (In 2009, on the Table tab, go to the Insert panel, and choose Formula. Then choose the option that you want.)

Follow the instructions on the command line. For example, to insert a Sum, Average, or Count formula, you’ll see prompts to select the first and second corner of the cell range that you want to include in the formula.

To enter a formula manually, choose Equation, which inserts the leading equal (=) sign for you. Then enter the equation as you would in a spreadsheet.

9 comments to Add formulas to a table

  • bojanamit

    Im working in 2007, but when I insert formula like u show up i got only #### whats wrong? sorry for bad English,
    Thanks

  • Raff

    Check your data format, maybe it’s configured for text, or the current precision to 0.00000000 and doesn’t fit in the cell width

  • Jim

    is it possible to remove the filling-hatch of the formula…?

  • javad forutan

    Dear Friend
    I want to thank you for answering.
    If I Can draw in autocad Through Entering the Numbers in Excel. Of course Other than Table.

  • KC

    I have tried this by all means…every thing works fine….first I select a cell, then right click, then insert formula, then sum, then first corner and then second corner, after this it displays a formula..which after enter converts into a hatch …and thus all i get at last is a hatch……please advise me what to do?????????????????????

  • Ellen

    That’s pretty weird! Never seen that…

  • yahya patel

    thanks mam ,,,,,,,

  • krishna

    is it possible to disable formulas in a table? i would like one of my cells to show ” = 450 va ” but it turns into ” xxxx “

  • B.A.Glover

    Krishna,

    In order for your formulas to be displayed in a table, you need to add an apostrophe before the formula. This is the same technique used in Excel, to display the contents of a cell as text, rather than executing the formula.

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