# How do you subtract 3 cells in Excel?

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## How to Subtract Multiple Cells from One Cell in ExcelSUMIFS Limitations and SolutionsTable of contents :

- Subtract Multiple Cells Using Formula
- Subtract Multiple Cells Using No Formula
- Which One is the Best Solution?

For example, there are data such as the image below.

How is the fastest way to subtract numbers in column A with a number in cell B1?

**Subtract Multiple Cells Using Formula**

You need an absolute cell reference for subtracting numbers with a number. Make the cell reference of the deduction number absolute, to prevent the cell address changing when the formula is copied.

Here are the steps to make the formula:

- Place the cursor in cell C1
- Type the equal sign =
- Point the cursor to cell A1
- Type the minus sign -
- Point the cursor to cell B1, make it an absolute reference by pressing the F4 key once
- Press the Enter key

For other numbers, make a copy in cell B1 (CTRL+C), then paste (CTRL+V) in range C2:C10. The result is like the animation below.

All numbers in column C are numbers in column A subtracted by a number in cell B1.

Please read the article below for a more detailed explanation of absolute reference

- How to Make an Absolute Reference in Excel

**Subtract Multiple Cells Using No Formula**

The solution to subtract several numbers with a number without using a formula is to use special paste.

Here are the steps:

- Place the cursor in the subtraction number position (cell B1)
- Do a copy (CTRL+C)
- Make a range A1:A10, containing the numbers that will be subtracted
- Do a paste special (CTRL+ALT+V)
- Select Subtract in the Operation section
- Click the OK button

The result is as shown below. All numbers in column A automatically change.

**Which One is the Best Solution?**

Which is the best solution? It depends on your needs. If you want to keep the original number, using a formula solution is better for you. Otherwise, the paste special solution is better for you.

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