how to create a running balance?

Elliott

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Hi,

This is probably really simple, but how do I create a running balance? For example, if I have a column A of numbers rounded to the second decimal place, and I want to create column B that represents a running balance as:

A B
3 3
5 8
10.68 18.68
-5 13.68

Many thanks,

Elliott
 

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JohnnyTightlips

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In cell b2: =b1+a2

Drag that formula down, making sure the cell references are relative (no $ signs)
 

pedro-egoli

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To avoid Balances appearing all the way down after dragging try this small addition

=IF(ISBLANK(A2),"",B1+A2)

Pedro
 

Elliott

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how would I create an average balance, as:

A B
3 3
5 4
8 4


much appreciated,

Elliott
 

JohnnyTightlips

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I'm not 100% on what you're trying to average, Is it the average of the previous running average (B2) and the new number (A3)?

In that case it would be =average(A3,B2). You can also add in Pedro's ISBLANK suggestion

Otherwise, to get the average for coluimn A: In cell B1:

=average($A$1:A1)

and drag down
 

jmckeone

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Book2
ABCD
1AB
22=AVERAGE(A$2:A2)
34=AVERAGE(A$2:A3)
49=AVERAGE(A$2:A4)
512=AVERAGE(A$2:A5)
Sheet1
 

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