We use Descriptive statistics to calculate several statistical parameters at once like mean, sum, standard deviation, variance, etc. This summary statistics is done with the data analysis tool. This tutorial will teach all levels of Excel users how to do Descriptive Statistics.

Figure 1 – Result of descriptive stats

How to Run Descriptive Statistics

We will use the data below to run summary statistics. This statistic will be for values in Column C and Column D. For instance, where descriptive statistics displays SUM as 50,620, it is the sum of the values in Column C.

Figure 2 – How to use descriptive statistics

  • To run descriptive statistics, we will click on the Data tab, and then, the Data Analysis tool

Figure 3 – How to get descriptive statistics

  • We will click on Descriptive statistics in the Data Analysis dialog box and click OK

Figure 4 – How to run descriptive statistics

  • We will click on Input range and select Cell C4 to Cell D13
  • Remember that we are doing this statistics by Column, so we will check the Column Circle
  • We can click on New worksheet for the descriptive statistics to display the result in a new worksheet or specify a range where the result will be displayed in the current worksheet

Figure 5 – Descriptive statistics dialog box

  • We will click OK

Figure 6 – Result of descriptive stats