Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Calculating Expressions.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 12, 2017)
Word isn't a spreadsheet (obviously), but you can add a toolbar button that allows you to quickly calculate values based on numbers in a selection. For instance, you could highlight text such as 12*15+3 and quickly calculate that the answer is 183.
To add this button to the Quick Access Toolbar, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Quick Access Toolbar portion of the Word Options dialog box.
To use the tool, simply highlight the expression you want to calculate, and then click on the tool. Word shows the calculated value in the status bar, and places the value in the Clipboard. You can now paste the value anywhere you desire.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8724) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Calculating Expressions.
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