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Excel Guide

How to Copy a Formula in Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Copying formulas in Excel is a fundamental skill that can save time and ensure consistency in your worksheets. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to copy a formula in Excel.

Step 1: Select the Cell with the Formula

  • Click on the cell containing the formula you want to copy.
  • The formula will be displayed in the formula bar at the top of the worksheet.

Step 2: Copy the Formula

  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C (Windows) or Cmd + C (Mac) to copy the formula.
  • Alternatively, click the Copy button on the Home tab of the ribbon, or right-click on the selected cell and choose Copy from the context menu.

Step 3: Select the Destination Cell

  • Click on the cell where you want to paste the formula.

Step 4: Paste the Formula

  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V (Windows) or Cmd + V (Mac) to paste the formula.
  • Alternatively, click the Paste button on the Home tab of the ribbon, or right-click on the selected cell and choose Paste from the context menu.

Step 5: Press Enter

  • Press Enter on your keyboard to complete the operation.
  • This tells Excel to calculate the formula, and the result will be displayed in the destination cell.

Step 6 (Optional): Use the Fill Handle for Multiple Cells

  • If you need to copy the formula to multiple cells, use the fill handle.
  • Hover over the small square (fill handle) in the bottom-right corner of the selected cell until the cursor changes to a black crosshair.
  • Click and drag the fill handle to the cells where you want to copy the formula.
  • Excel will automatically fill in the formulas for those cells.

And That's All There Is to It!

Now you know how to copy a formula in Excel. It's a straightforward process: select, copy, select destination, paste, and press Enter. The fill handle is a handy tool for copying formulas to multiple cells efficiently.