# How to add, subtract, multiply and divide cells in a Word table

If you create the table in Excel and paste it into Word document, updates of the table data become difficult because you need to launch embedded Excel for each change. Moreover, the visual appearance of Word and Excel tables is different, and you will need a lot of time on the styling of the Excel table. For some situations, this is not practical because it is faster to insert and change simple formulas in the Word document (see How to reference a cell of a Word table):

To add a formula into the Word table (see How to calculate formulas in a Word document if you need to use formulas without tables), do the following:

** 1. ** Position the cursor where you want to paste a
formula.

** 2. ** Under **Table Tools**, on the **Layout** tab,
in the **Data** group, click the **Formula** button:

** 3. ** In the **Formula** dialog box, enter the formula:

Unfortunately, Word proposes only simple operations and functions that can work without Excel
(see
Functions and formulas in Word).
However, you still can create many simple formulas instead of using the calculator. Cell
references in formulas are similar to Excel: ** A1**,

**, etc.**

*B12*** Note**: The

**Formula**dialog box is not your only option, you can press

**Ctrl+F9**to create a field and type a formula inside the field braces: