How to copy formulas in Excel?

 

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Think: Sometimes we need to do same formulas in another cell or column, but can’t copy easily based on our requirements. There are many ways to copy formulas and its value from one cell to another or one sheet to another.

Let’s see some Case Studies and learn about copy formulas by following steps!


Fill Handle in Excel

Copy a formula by dragging the fill handle

You can quickly copy formulas into adjacent cells by using the Fill Handle. Fill Handle is tiny point in a selected cell which helps to drag the formula from the selected cell to another serially connected cells.

Step 1: Create a table same as like above picture and type this formula in cell D2:

=B2+C2

This table is showing three students exam marks of 2 subjects Math and Geography. We will calculate total marks in column D for each students.
Now we want to input same formula in another cells

Step 2: Press ENTER. Cell D2 is now showing total marks of Roni (150). Now we want to input same formula in another cells of column D without typing again.

Can we do this?! Yes..!

Select the cell that has the formula you want to fill into adjacent cells

Step 3: Select the cell that has the formula you want to fill into adjacent cells. Rest your cursor in the lower-right corner so that it turns into a plus sign (+). Drag the fill handle down across the cells that we want to fill from cell D2 to D3. When you let go, the formula gets automatically filled to the other cells like above picture.

How to copy cells in Excel

Step 4: To change how you want to fill cells, click the Auto Fill Options button that appears after you finish dragging, and pick the option that want.
Use Find and Replace in MS Excel

Copying Formulas from a Range of Cells Without Changing the Absolute References

Now we will learn how to copy formulas in Excel without changing the cell reference. We can say that how to copy exact formula from one cell to another cell.

Let’s go through the following steps:

Step 1: Select the range of cells containing the formulas (Here we have selected Range D2:D4) and press “CTRL+H”. In the Find what box, type the = sign.

In the Replace with box, type the # sign (to change the formulae to text). Click Replace All, and then click on Close.

How to make replacements in Excel

Step 2: You will get a popup saying “All done. We made 3 replacements”. Click on Ok.

Copy and paste these cells to a new location column

Step 3: Copy and paste these cells to a new location column H by pressing the keys “CTRL + C” to copy and then “CTRL+V” to paste it in Cell H2. It will paste the whole column of D2:D4 into H2:H4 like above picture.

Now We have Shift full column of formulas from column D to Column H Without Changing the Absolute References!

Step 4: Delete formulas of Column D. Now again Select the new range H2:H4 containing the formula and press Ctrl+H. In the Find what box, type the # sign and in the Replace with box type the = sign to change the text to formula. Click on Replace All and then click on Close. You will get again a popup “All done. We made 3 replacements”.

Click on Ok.

Now We have Shift full column of formulas from column D to Column H Without Changing the Absolute References!

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