In the example below I want to add a running total of column B into column C.

## Add a Running Total Column

Click in cell C2 and enter the formula =SUM($B$2:$B2).

This formula uses an absolute reference for the beginning of the range and then a relative reference to the row number at the end of the range. This will ensure that the number of rows added will change as the formula is copied down (Read more about relative and absolute cell references).

As more values are added to column B, this formula can be copied down to keep the running total going.

After copying the formula down you may encounter a warning message like the one shown below.

This message warns us that the formula does not include all the values from column B and that we may have made a mistake. Do not worry if this message does not appear. It can be disabled which we will look at now.

## Modify the Error Checking Rules

Excel will display an alert if it believes you have made a mistake in a formula. It has a variety of alerts to handle common formula errors. These alerts can be disabled and enabled at your discretion.

1. Click the

**File**tab on the Ribbon and select

**Options**

2. Select the

**Formulas**category on the left

3. Uncheck the

**Formulas which omit cells in a region**checkbox

4. You may recognise some of the other error checking options available. Customise as required.

5. Click

**Ok**to save and close the Excel Options dialog box

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