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Hi Aiden,

I am working on a spreadsheet for my budget and would like to total the categories.  How can I do this so that my totals will update if I add in additional rows.  I have my  Category  (Groceries) in column B5:B11, and my Sub-Category (Business Name -where I purchase my groceries) in column C5:C11.  What formula can I use so the totals will update as I add in more purchases?


I'm not quite sure what you want to total - could you clarify?  If it helps, you can mail me directly at which would allow you to send me a sample file - I'm guessing it's something like a sumif or sum over an entire column (eg =sum(b:b)  would sum everything in column B)
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


My background is in the insurance industry and call centre areas, but have been called upon to provide many varied solutions.

I'm educated to UK A level standard, but as I left school some 30 years ago that is rather irrelevent - university of life has provided more of a background!

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