How to subtract multiple cells in Excel

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Excel is a great tool for performing calculations across many columns and creating complex formulas.  When creating a calculated column, you may need to subtract values from multiple rows and columns.

Step 1 – Create the formula

– The objective is to find the profit by subtracting Material Cost, Labour and Fixed Cost from the Sales price
– Select the first cell in the ‘Profit’ column
– Type in the formula to subtract the Material Cost and Labour

Step 2 – Copy the formula

– Select the cell with the formula and press Ctrl+C or choose Copy from the context menu (right-click)
– Select the rest of the cells in the column and press Ctrl+V or choose Paste from the context menu (right-click)

Step 3 – Copy the Fixed Cost

– Select the ‘Fixed Cost’ number
– Open the Paste Special window by going to Home > Clipboard > Paste or by right-clicking to open the context menu

Step 4 – Subtract the Fixed Cost

– In the Paste Special window, select Subtract
– Click OK

Step 5 – View the Result 

– Material Cost, Labour and Fixed Cost have been subtracted from the Sales numbers