Google Sheets is an incredibly useful tool for anyone who needs to deal with numbers, whether it's for budgeting, tracking expenses, or analyzing data. But if you're new to Google Sheets, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to add numbers and perform basic calculations. In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you everything you need to know to get started.

Step 1: Open a New Google Sheet

The first step is to open a new Google Sheet. You can do this from your Google Drive or by going to https://sheets.google.com. Once you're there, click on "Blank" to open a new sheet.

Now that you have a new sheet, it's time to enter your data. You can add numbers to a cell by clicking on the cell and typing in the number. You can also copy and paste numbers from other sources, such as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

As you enter your data, you'll notice that Google Sheets automatically formats the numbers for you. For example, if you enter the number "1000" it will automatically format it as "1,000". This is a useful feature that makes it easy to read large numbers.

Step 3: Perform Basic Calculations

Now that you have some numbers in your sheet, it's time to perform some basic calculations. You can do this by using the formula bar at the top of the sheet.

For example, if you want to add up a row of numbers, you can click on the cell where you want the total to appear and then type "=SUM" followed by the range of cells you want to add. So if you want to add up the numbers in cells A1 to A5, you would type "=SUM(A1:A5)" and then press enter. The sum of those numbers will appear in the cell you selected.

Google Sheets has many other useful formulas you can use, such as AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, and COUNT. You can find a list of formulas by clicking on "Insert" at the top of the sheet and then selecting "Function".

Now that you have some data in your sheet, you can format it to make it easier to read. For example, you can change the font size, bold or italicize text, or change the background color of cells.

You can also format numbers in different ways. For example, you can change the number of decimal places, choose a currency symbol, or add a percentage sign. To do this, click on the cell or range of cells you want to format and then click on the "Format" button at the top of the sheet.