Apache OpenOffice (AOO) Bugzilla – Issue 63920

Auto SUM creating sums within specified sums

Last modified: 2006-04-10 08:57:42 UTC

A column of numbers when selected and then the Auto SUM button clicked results in SUM equations being assigned to all cells within the selected range. i.e. COLUMN A 1 2 3 Select A1 through A3 and click Auto SUM. The result is #REF! in every cell--though the expected behavior would put the total of 6 in cell A4. In larger spreadsheets with values above the current selection to be summed, those values in the column above will find themselves integrated into the current sums when each cell has a SUM equation erroneously added to it. Thus, even if Auto SUM correctly yielded the correct sum of 6 in the above example, but Auto SUM was again used on another set of numbers below... COLUMN A 1 2 3 (6) 10 9 8 (should yield 27, but instead will add the sum from above into it's sum--even though it's outside the selected range) For the above we should have the following SUM equations in the cells: COLUMN A no formula no formula no formula =SUM(A1:A3) blank cell no formula no formula no formula =SUM(A6:A8) INSTEAD we end up with the following (and herein occurs the problem): COLUMN A =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) blank cell =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) =SUM(A#REF!:A#REF!) Am I explaining the problem adequately? Essentially the Auto SUM button doesn't work as advertised. The Intelligent Auto SUM seems to work though--interestingly enough. By which I mean that if you simply position the cursor beneath the group of numbers you want to sum and click Auto SUM it will present the suggested range, and then when Enter is pressed it will correctly sum the numbers. The expected behavior is also obtained when the formula is typed in manually. However, for those users like my mother who just want something to work, the work-arounds aren't an acceptable alternative. I've worked hard to sell her on OpenOffice so I hope this can be fixed so her faith is maintained. :) Thanks for your excellent work!

Confirmed on Windows XP OOo 2.02. Cannot find any duplicates. This one will likely effect a large number of users since it is a widely expected basic functionality of a spreadsheet. The result of an Auto Sum of a selection should be that the sums are entered in the cells below the selection without changing anything in the selection itself.

Duplicate of Issue 51564 *** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 51564 ***

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