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Adding Formulas to Cells

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You can enter a formula into a cell or range of cells using the **Formula** bar and the **Formula Editor** in the Spread Designer.

In the **Formula** bar, when you type an equals sign, (“=”) then the drop-down list displays all the built-in functions for you to choose from. Or if you click on the **Choose Formula** button on the **Formula** bar, the **Formula Editor** is displayed. The **Formula Editor** allows you to select any of the built-in functions.

The **Formula Editor** gives you a list of the built-in functions that you can use and displays a brief description and syntax of the selected function. Functions are organized by category; you can select a category to show only functions of a given category. To choose a function, double-click on the function name and it appears in the Formula field. You may also type operators and constants to construct your formula.

You can enter the formula in the Formula field in the **Formula Editor** or in the formula box in the **Formula** bar. When you are done entering the formula with the **Formula Editor**, click **Apply** or **OK**. When you are done typing the formula in the formula box, click Enter (the check mark button). This applies the formula to the selected cell or range of cells. When you click **OK** or **Apply**, the **Formula Editor** evaluates the formula to see if it is a valid formula. For more information on formulas and functions, refer to the Formula Reference.

To display or hide the formula bar, from the **View** menu, select **Formula Bar**.

From the **File** menu choose **Apply and Exit** to apply your changes to the FpSpread component and exit Spread Designer.

For more tasks within Spread Designer, return to Using the Spread Designer.