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This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Summing Digits in a Value.

If you have a cell that contains a value, you may want to devise a way to add together all the digits in the value. For instance, if a cell contains the value 554, you might want to determine the sum of 5+5+4, which is 14.

There are several ways you can approach this task. (Doesn't that always seem the way in Excel?) The first is to use a formula that relies on several functions:

=SUMPRODUCT(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:" & LEN(A1))),1))

This regular formula will sum the digits in any integer value (in cell A1) in a simple, elegant manner. This is not the only possible formula, however. The following is an array formula (terminated by pressing **Ctrl+Shift+Enter**) version of the same formula:

=SUM(1*MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))

Either of these formulas work fine if the value in A1 is a positive whole number. If there are any non-digit characters in the number (such as a negative sign or a decimal point), then the formulas return a #VALUE! error.

These are not the only formulas possible for this type of calculation. You can find some other examples of formulas in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=214053

You can also use a user-defined function to return the desired sum. The following macro steps through each digit in the referenced cell and calculates a total. This value is then returned to the user:

Function AddDigits(Number As Long) As Integer Dim i As Integer Dim Sum As Integer Dim sNumber As String sNumber = CStr(Number) For i = 1 To Len(sNumber) Sum = Sum + Mid(sNumber, i, 1) Next AddDigits = Sum End Function

To use this function, just use a formula such as **=AddDigits(A1)** in a cell. An even more compact user-defined function (invoked in the same manner) is the following:

Function AddDigits(ByVal N As Long) As Integer Do While N >= 1 AddDigits = AddDigits + N Mod 10 N = Int(N / 10) Loop End Function

Unlike the earlier macro, this version doesn't convert the cell contents to a string in order to process it. Instead, it steps through each digit of the value, stripping off the last digit and adding it to the total.

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This tip (12002) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: **Summing Digits in a Value**.

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2016-11-06 07:36:04

Michael (Micky) Avidan

=SUM(IFERROR(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1),))

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Michael (Micky) Avidan

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ISRAEL

2016-11-05 06:46:46

Willy Vanhaelen

Function AddDigits(Number As String) As Integer

Dim i As Integer, Char As String

For i = 1 To Len(Number)

Char = Mid(Number, i, 1)

If IsNumeric(Char) Then AddDigits = AddDigits + Char

Next

End Function

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