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Easy Guide On How To Copy Formula In Excel

Apr 11, 2023

Do you want to use the same formula repeatedly in your worksheets?

Excel makes it incredibly easy to do just that! With simple steps, you can copy formulas from one cell to another or even across multiple cells. In this blog post, we'll look at how to copy formulas in Excel in a few simple steps.

Keep reading as we discuss the following:

  • What are the benefits of copying formulas to other cells in Excel?

  • Different Methods to Copy or Drag Formulas Down to Other Cells in Excel

  • Final Thoughts on How To Copy Formula In Excel

  • Frequently Asked Questions on How To Copy Formula In Excel

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What Are the Benefits of Copying Formulas to Other Cells in Excel?

Excel formulas like the SUM function make it easier for anyone to process spreadsheet data. When working with large sets of numbers, it is essential to use formulas on a group of cells or the whole column.

Copying only the formula into different cells can help you accomplish this task effortlessly without manually entering each formula.

Different Methods to Copy or Drag Formulas to Other Cells in Excel

If you are looking for a way to copy formulas in Microsoft Excel quickly, here are several methods that can help:

Copy a formula using the Fill Handle for the adjacent cells.

  1. Select the cell reference with the formula you want to copy, as seen in the formula bar.

    Click a cell.

  1. Click on the cell and hover your cursor on the bottom-right corner so that it turns into a plus sign. The plus sign is the fill handle.Click the fill handle.

  1. In Excel, you can select multiple cells at once by clicking and dragging them over. Excel will automatically fill the blank cells with calculations.Drag down the fill handle.

Use the formula for all the cells in a column with a double click.

  1. Type your formula in the top cell.Select a cell.

  1. Move the cursor to the lower-right corner of the cell with the formula, and then double-click the plus sign or the fill handle.

    double click the fill handle.

    Double-clicking the plus sign lets you easily replicate your formula to match any data in the adjacent columns.

    fill handle will automatically fill the multiple cells

Enter the formula into multiple cells with a single keystroke.

  1. Highlight the cells you want to enter in the formula.Selected cell.

  1. Press F2 and type the formula in the top cell for the selected cells.Type the formula.

  1. Press the CTRL+Enter keys to enter the ctrl + enter to fill the other cells.

The fill-down feature will repeat the formula in all selected cells, and the Excel fill-down option will adjust the relative cell references accordingly.

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Copy an Excel formula but not the formatting and without changing references.

You can apply the Fill Without Formatting feature to copy the formula while retaining the format of the destination cells. Excel's Copy and Paste feature offers even more flexibility in paste options.

  1. Click and copy the cell that contains the a cell that has the formula.

  1. Select the cells you to paste the formula.Select a new cell to paste the formula.

  1. Navigate to the Home tab and click Paste Formulas. paste the cell using the Paste Formula of paste options.The Paste Cells Formulas will make special adjustments to the formula references to ensure no changing cell references will happen.Cell references.

Final Thoughts on How to Copy Formula in Excel

With this guide, you should be able to copy formulas in Excel effortlessly. This way, you can save time and improve your efficiency when dealing with numerical data. 

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Frequently Asked Questions on How to Copy Formula in Excel:

How does Array Formula work in Excel?

Suppose you're seeking a formula to apply across an entire column. In that case, Array Formula has the potential to accomplish this task without needing multiple formulas for each cell.

Is the Autofill feature the same as copying and pasting formulas?

Autofill in formulas operates by copying and pasting cells with formulas from one cell to another. Like Autofill, copying and pasting a formula will automatically modify the cell references when going from one column to another or one row to another.

Can I copy and paste a table without cell errors in another workbook?

If you select and copy a table on a worksheet and paste that range to another workbook, Excel won't accept your formula references. In this case, we recommend replacing all formulas in the worksheet with their values before copying them.

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