When two or more cells are selected and at least one of them contains a numerical value then the sum of the values is automatically displayed in the status bar.
This allows you to obtain a temporary result from a function without having to actually use a formula.
This can be very useful to make quick calculations without them appearing on the worksheet.

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The section of the status bar that is used to display the result is in the bottom right corner.

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AutoCalculate Shortcut menu

You can use the Right mouse button to click anywhere on the status bar to display a shortcut menu.
Just select the relevant function to display its result in the status bar.

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None - Turns the AutoCalculate feature off.
Average - Calculates the average number in the range of cells.
Count - Total number of non blank cells.
Count Nums - Total number of cells that contain numbers.
Max - Calculates the largest number in the range of cells.
Min - Calculates the smallest number in the range of cells.
Sum - Calculates the total of all the numbers. This is the default.


It is possible to hide the status bar completely by selecting (View > Status Bar). This is a toggle.

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