Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Status Bar Summing No Longer Available.

Status Bar Summing No Longer Available

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 25, 2022)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021


Steve notes that he used to be able to highlight a row or column of numbers in Excel and the sum of that row or column would appear on the status bar. All of a sudden the sum has stopped appearing and Steve wonders how to get it back.

Excel can show several different statistics on the status bar about your selection, not just the sum. Right-click the status bar and you should see a Context menu appear that offers choices such as Average, Count, etc. You can select any (or all) of these options, but if none of them are selected then you will see no aggregations relative to your selection. You should make sure that the Sum option is selected, and then you will see the sum you desire.

There is one caveat to displaying the sum on the status bar: The cells you select must contain summable values. If the cells you select contain text (or numbers formatted as text), then they will be ignored in the sum that is shown on the status bar. If all of the cells you select contain text (or numbers formatted as text) or are empty, then the sum won't show at all on the status bar. Finally, the sum will only show if you select more than one summable cell.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6291) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Status Bar Summing No Longer Available.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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