In excel, my data is populated from Cell B1 to B10 in Excel. I want to obtain the sum of the squares from B1 to B10.

I could use a simple function POW(B1,2)+POW(B2,2)......+POW(B10,2). But this is too cumbersome to write and error prone.

Is there a shortcut function that is similar to SUM(B1:B10)?

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  • This is correct. – Uninspired Aug 19 '10 at 3:58

I would suggest the following:

  1. If your input numbers are in B1:B10, in C1, write =POW(B1, 2)
  2. Then copy the formula in C1 to C2:C10. This will automatically become =POW(C2, 2), =POW(C3, 2) and so on.
  3. Then take the sum of C1:C10

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