How to Copy a Formula in Microsoft Excel?

Copying a formula in Microsoft Excel is a straightforward process. You can use various methods, depending on the desired outcome. Here’s how to copy a formula in Excel:

Method 1: Using Autofill to Copy Formulas

  1. Open your Excel workbook and go to the sheet containing the formula you want to copy.
  2. Click on the cell containing the formula you want to copy. The cell will be highlighted.
  3. Move your cursor to the bottom-right corner of the cell. The cursor will change to a small black square, indicating the Autofill handle.
  4. Click and drag the Autofill handle to the destination cells where you want to copy the formula. Excel will copy the formula to the selected cells, adjusting cell references as needed.

Method 2: Using Copy and Paste

  1. Open your Excel workbook and go to the sheet containing the formula you want to copy.
  2. Click on the cell containing the formula you want to copy. The cell will be highlighted.
  3. Press “Ctrl + C” on your keyboard, or right-click on the cell and select “Copy.”
  4. Go to the destination cell where you want to paste the formula.
  5. Press “Ctrl + V” on your keyboard, or right-click on the cell and select “Paste.”

Method 3: Using the Fill Handle

  1. Open your Excel workbook and go to the sheet containing the formula you want to copy.
  2. Click on the cell containing the formula you want to copy. The cell will be highlighted.
  3. Move your cursor to the bottom-right corner of the cell until the Fill Handle (a small square) appears.
  4. Click and drag the Fill Handle to the destination cells where you want to copy the formula. Excel will copy the formula to the selected cells, adjusting cell references as needed.

Method 4: Using the Clipboard

  1. Open your Excel workbook and go to the sheet containing the formula you want to copy.
  2. Click on the cell containing the formula you want to copy. The cell will be highlighted.
  3. Press “Ctrl + C” on your keyboard to copy the formula to the clipboard.
  4. Go to the destination cell where you want to paste the formula.
  5. Press “Ctrl + V” on your keyboard to paste the formula from the clipboard into the destination cell.

Remember that when copying formulas, Excel automatically adjusts cell references to match the new location. For example, if the original formula references cell A1, copying it to cell B2 will automatically adjust the formula to reference cell B2.

Ensure that you review the copied formulas in the destination cells to verify that the references are correct for your intended calculations.

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