There are several ways to **subtract multiple cells** in Excel. Among them, we will describe to you the 6 most effective methods.

The following **Employee Cost List** Table shows** Id No**, **Name**, **Salary**, **House Rent**, **Grocery**, and **Bill** columns. We will use 6 methods to subtract multiple cells from this table. Here, we used Excel 365. You can use any available Excel version.

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## 1. Using Excel Formula to Subtract Multiple Cells

In this method, we will use the arithmetic formula to find out the **Savings** after **subtracting** the **House Rent**, **Grocery**, and **Bills** from the **Salary **column.

➤ First of all, we will write the following formula in cell **I5**, and press** ENTER**.

`=D5-E5-F5-G5`

Here,

**D5-E5-F5-G5 ****→** Subtracts cells **E5**, **F5**, **G5** from cell **D5**.

We can see the result in cell **I5**.

➤ We will drag down the formula with the **Fill Handle** tool.

Finally, we can see all the savings in the **Savings **column.

**Read More: ****How to Subtract Columns in Excel**

## 2. Applying Paste Special Tool to Subtract Single Cell from Multiple Cells

In this method, using a paste special feature we will **subtract** the value in cell **I5**, which is *$300* in the **Health Insurance **column from the** Salary** column cells.

➤ First of all, we will right-click on cell **I5**.

A context menu will appear.

➤ We will click on **Copy**.

➤ After that, we will select the cells in the **Salary** column from **D5** to **D12**, and we will right-click.

A context menu will appear.

➤ We will click on **Paste Special**.

A **Paste Special** window will appear.

➤ We will select **Subtract**, and click **OK**.

Finally, we can see that the salary column contains cell values that subtract *$300* from them.

**Read More: ****Subtraction for Whole Column in Excel**

## 3. Inserting Excel SUM Function to Subtract Multiple Cells

Here, we will use the **SUM** function in the **Savings** column to subtract multiple cells from the **Salary** column.

➤ First of all, we will type the following formula in cell** I5**, and press **ENTER**.

`=D5-SUM(E5:G5)`

**SUM(E5:G5) ****→** Adds the cells from **E5** to **G5**.

**D5-SUM(E5:G5) ****→** Subtracts the add-up value of cells **E5** to **G5** from cell **D5**.

After that, we can see the subtracted value in cell **I5**.

➤ We will drag down the formula with the **Fill Handle** tool.

Finally, we can see all the subtracted values in the column **Savings**.

**Read More: ****How to Subtract from a Total in Excel**

## 4. Subtracting Text of One Cell from Another Cell

Here, we add a column **Last Name**, and we want to subtract the last name from the **Name **column and store the result in the **First Name** column. We will use the **TRIM** function along with the **SUBSTITUTE** function in that case.

➤ First of all, we will type the following formula in cell **J5**, and press **ENTER**.

`=TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(C5,D5," "))`

**SUBSTITUTE(C5,D5,” “) ****→** Replaces new text for old text in a text string. Here, **C5** is the reference text for where we’ve stored the text to substitute characters.** D5** is the text we want to replace, and **” “** is the text we want to replace with.

**TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(C5,D5,” “)) ****→** Removes all spaces from the text in a text string and gives the output.

Then, we can see the first name *Mark* in cell **I5**.

➤ We will drag down the formula with the **Fill Handle** tool.

Finally, we can see all the first names in the **First Name **column.

**Read More: ****How to Subtract Two Columns in Excel**

## 5. Subtracting Multiple Cells from One Cell in Excel

In this method, we will subtract the cells in the **Salary** column from the **Expected Salary** value of *$4000*.

➤ First of all, we will type the following formula in cell** K5**, and press **ENTER**.

`=$I$5-D5`

Here,

**$I$5-D5 ****→** Subtracts **D5 **from cell **I5**. We put a dollar ($) sign before **I5 **by pressing **F4**, because we wanted to lock this cell, and we do not want the values of this cell to change.

Afterward, we can see the difference between the **Expected Salary **from **Salary **in the **Underpay **column.

➤ We will drag down the formula with the **Fill Handle** tool.

Finally, we can see all the values in the **Underpay **column.

## 6. Using VBA Macro to Subtract Multiple Cells

Here, we will use **VBA **code to subtract **Salary **column cells from **Expected Salary**, which is** $4000**.

➤ First of all, we will select the salary column cells from **D5** to **D12**.

➤ Then, we will go to the **Developer **tab > select **Visual Basic**.

We will see that a **VBA **application window appears.

➤ We will select **Insert** > **Module**.

We will see a **VBA **editor window appear.

➤ We will type the following code in the **VBA **editor window.

```
Option Explicit
Sub Subtraction()
Dim cRef As Range
For Each cRef In Selection
cRef.Value = Range("I5") - cRef.Value
Next cRef
End Sub
```

Here, we’ve created a sub-procedure **Subtraction **which goes through each selected cell reference because of using the **FOR EACH loop**.

Then, it subtracts the value of the selected cell references from cell **I5**. Here, we stored the result in the selected cells as well

➤ After that, we will click on the red marked box green button to run the code.

A **Macro** window will appear.

➤ Here, we selected **VBA Project Module 4**, we will click on **Run**.

➤ After that, we will close the **VBA **editor window, and go to our worksheet.

Finally, we can see that all the cells in the **Salary **column contain a value that is subtracted from **Expected Salary** value of* $4000*.

**Read More: ****Excel VBA: Subtract One Range from Another**

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## Conclusion

Here, we tried to show you 6 methods to subtract multiple cells in Excel. Thank you for reading this article, we hope this was helpful. If you have any queries or suggestions, feel free to know us in the comment section.