# How to subtract numbers in Google Sheets

Adding numbers in Google Sheets is one of the most basic calculations. Just like Excel, you can use the SUM function. But what about the subtraction of numbers? With Google Sheets, you have several ways to subtract values.

## Use the MINUS function

Unlike Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets has a subtraction function. The function is `MINUS`

and it works with both numbers and cell references. The syntax for the formula is `MINUS(value1, value2)`

where both arguments are required.

To subtract numbers, such as 20 minus 15, enter the following formula and press Enter.

= MENO (20,15)

To subtract values within cells, such as `A2`

less `A3`

enter this formula and press Enter.

= MENO(A2,A3)

## Use the minus sign

Together with `MINUS`

function, you can simply insert a minus sign for the numbers or cell references you want to subtract. The advantage of this method is that it is not necessary to include values in parentheses.

To subtract numbers, such as 20 minus 15, enter the following formula and press Enter.

=20-15

To subtract values within cells, such as `A2`

less `A3`

enter this formula and press Enter.

=LA2-LA3

## Use the SUM function

If you are used to using the `SUM`

function and you prefer to use it, you can use it to subtract numbers and add them. Just use the function in conjunction with the minus sign described above.

To subtract the numbers 20 minus 15 using `SUM`

enter the following and press Enter.

=SOMMA(20-15)

To subtract the values in the cells `A2`

And `A3`

enter this formula and press Enter.

=SOMMA(A2-A3)

## Create subtraction equations

Not all calculations you need are as simple as A minus B. For example, you may want to add some numbers and then subtract others. Using the above functions along with operators like minus and plus signs, you can create the equation mentioned you need. Let’s take a look at some examples.

You can use the `MINUS`

function to subtract your values and then multiply the result. For example, we will subtract the values in the cells `A2`

And `A3`

then we will multiply the result by 10. Type the following and press Enter.

= MENO (LA2, LA3)*10

Similarly, you can use the minus sign with cell references or numbers and then add a value. With this formula, we subtract 10 from 25 and add 15 to the result. Note that in this case you would use minus brackets to perform that calculation first.

=(25-10)+15

For another example, we will use the `SUM`

function to add range of values into cells `A2`

through `A5`

and then subtract the value in the cell `A6`

.

=SOMMA(LA2:LA5)-LA6

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