In org-mode is it possible to generate a table, where there is a column which contains a value computed from values in the other columns and which contains the sum of these values?

More specifically, at the moment I have a table with seven columns, where the last two columns contain values computed from values in the other columns using the following formula:

#+TBLFM: $6=$4-$3;t::$7=$4-$3-$2;t

I would like to include the sum of the last column. Is this possible? If yes, how can this be achieved? When I tried to do this I always got zero. Ideally I would like to have the sum somewhere outside of the table or in the last row (even if I add new rows).


You should use cell formulas (prefixed by := instead of =) for your results.

The example below gives the sum of the last column both at the first and the last rows.

|      |      | 8   |
| Col1 | Col2 | Sum |
| 1    | 3    | 4   |
| 2    | 8    | 10  |
| 3    | -9   | -6  |
|      |      | 8   |
#+TBLFM: $3=$1+$2::@1$3=vsum(@I..@II)::@6$3=vsum(@I..@II)

vsum sums a vector of numbers; @I and @II refer to the first and second hlines.

  • I still get zero as a result. Is it possible that the reason is the ;t part which I need since I am dealing with times. Adding this also "breaks" your example. – Christian Nov 11 '16 at 14:52
  • Tested my example with ;T mode on all formulas and times for all cells, and it works OK. Note the uppercase T (lowercase t gives results in decimal hours instead of H:M:S). – Juancho Nov 11 '16 at 15:46
  • Thanks, I found the problem: I started the table with |-----.... and then it does not work but without this line it does. (By the way, I really want ;t instead of ;T since I want to the total time in decimal hours). – Christian Nov 11 '16 at 16:03
  • For general number (no times), it should be vsum(@I..II). See documentation. – stevosn Aug 28 '19 at 14:23

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