Creating Simple Formulas

In Google Sheets simple formulas can help you calculate important data. Learn how to create simple formulas in Google Sheets.

To edit a formula:

Sometimes you may want to modify an existing formula. In our example, we typed an incorrect cell address in our formula, so we need to correct it.

  1. Double-click the cell containing the formula you want to edit. The formula will be displayed in the cell.Viewing the formula
  2. Make the desired edits to the formula. In our example, we will replace C4 with C5.Editing the formula
  3. When you're finished, press the Enter key on your keyboard. The formula recalculates, and the new value displays in the cell.Viewing the recalculated result


  1. Open our example file. Make sure you're signed in to Google, then click File > Make a copy.
  2. Select the Challenge sheet.
  3. In cell D4, create a formula that multiplies cells B4 and C4. Be sure to use cell references.
  4. Use the fill handle to copy the formula to cells D5 and D6.
  5. In cell D7, create a formula that adds cells D4, D5, and D6.
  6. Change the quantity in cell B4 to 15. You should also see cells D4 and D7 change.
  7. When you're finished, your spreadsheet should look something like this:
    simple formulas challenge