How To Tally In Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a powerful tool with numerous functions that make organising and analysing your data easier. One such function is the ability to tally or sum up data. In today’s post, we will guide you on how to tally in Google Sheets.

1. Using the SUM Function

The SUM function is the most straightforward way to perform a tally in Google Sheets. Here’s how you can use it.

Let’s say you have a range of cells (A1 to A5) and you want to tally the numbers in this range. The syntax for the SUM function is:

=SUM(number1, [number2], …)

In this case, to sum up the numbers from A1 to A5, you would use:


This would immediately give you the total sum of the numbers in cells A1 through A5.

2. Using the COUNT Function

If you want to tally the number of cells that contain numbers, dates or text entries, you can use the COUNT function. This will not give you the sum of the values, but the count of cells that contain numbers or dates. Here’s the syntax:

=COUNT(value1, [value2], …)

So, if you want to count the number of cells from B1 to B5 that contain numbers, you would use:


3. Using the COUNTA Function

The COUNTA function is useful when you want to count the number of cells that are not empty, regardless if they contain numbers, text, boolean values or error references. Here’s the syntax for the COUNTA function:

=COUNTA(value1, [value2], …)

For example, to count the number of non-empty cells from C1 to C5, you would use:



Google Sheets offers a variety of functions to help you tally or count your data. Knowing how to use such functions can save you a lot of time and make your data analysis more efficient. In this post, we’ve covered the SUM, COUNT and COUNTA functions, which are some of the most commonly used functions for tallying in Google Sheets.