How To Subtract Columns In Google Sheets

Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to subtract columns in Google Sheets.

You can easily subtract columns in Google Sheets by using functions and formulas in Google Sheets.

Once ready, we’ll get started by utilizing real-world examples to show you how to subtract columns in Google Sheets.

Subtract Columns

Before we start, you will need to get ready a set of data for us to work on.

Method 1

The first method is to directly subtract two values in Google Sheets. You can simply key in the ‘=’ sign and select the cell you want to subtract, add the ‘-’ sign, then select the other cell you want to subtract with.

Method 2

The second method is to subtract multiple columns. This formula is a bit tricky as you have to make several small formulas to subtract multiple columns.

For example, you will first select the first value you want to subtract and subtract it with the second value.

Then, you will use the value we subtracted, again subtract it with the third value and continue the same sequence until you have subtracted all four values.

A more direct way is to simply combine the above steps into one singular formula.

By doing so, you are unable to see the decrease in value each subtraction makes and directly get the final value.


That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done. The most crucial lesson is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to subtract columns in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.