MS Excel Tip: Using the ctrl key to copy cells

In the previous Tip we established that the use of the control key to Copy Files in the Windows environment has the same application when working with Sheets in Excel. So, to create a copy of a sheet within or across workbooks, simply drag and drop the sheet while pressing the ctrl Key. The same can be done when working with cells. By default, dragging and dropping the edge of a cell selection will move the selected range. Hold down the ctrl key at the same time and you create a copy. Just be aware that when applying the same technique with cells that contain formula, dragging dropping without the ctrl key has the same effect as a cut and paste. The Formula still references the exact same ce

Copy a sheet in Excel, using the Ctrl key

To create a copy of an Excel Worksheet within the same workbook: Click on the Sheet tab and hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard (a little plus sign should appear). With the ctrl key still pressed, drag and drop to the required location (can also be across workbooks) … … and an exact replica of the sheet will be created.

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