MS Excel Tip: Copy a formula & keep the same cell references

When you Copy and Paste a cell that has a formula, the cell references change relative to the formulas new location. This enables us to replicate formulas across rows and columns which in most cases is exactly what we need. Sometimes however, we simply want to copy and paste a formula and use it as a starting point for a similar formula in a new location and keep the cell references as they are. To do that: Select the cell that has the formula you want to copy. Press F2 or double-click to enter Edit Mode. Press ctrl-A to select the whole formula. Press escape (top left on your keyboard) to exit Edit mode. Select the cell that you want to copy the formula to. Press ctrl-V to paste the formula

MS Excel Tip: The difference between Cutting and Copying a Formula

Cut (ctrl+X), Copy (ctrl+C) and Paste (ctrl+V) are probably some of the most frequently used functions across the computing world and are particularly useful in the Excel environment. When applied to cells that have formula though, one needs to be aware of how the Cut and Copy functions differ. When Copying and Pasting formula, the cell references change to be relevant to the new location of the pasted formula. If the original formula referenced the 2 cells to the left, then the new formula will reference the 2 cells to the left of its new location. When Cutting and Pasting a Formula, the cell references in the formula do not change and the resultant value will stay the same. In effect, the

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