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Here are my steps: focus a cell in my Google Spreadsheet, hit = and then highlight the field D3, hit +, highlight the field D4, hit +, highlight the field D5, hit Enter.

However, the field just contains the text "=D3+D4+D5" instead of the sum of the selected cells. Why?

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There is a chance that you have told Google docs to show formulas.

Crtl+` will toggle the display of the formulas

or

it is under the "view /all formulas" menu.

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That worked! Thank you. – David Faux May 14 '12 at 19:12

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