Copy Paste is the most common action when you start to work with Excel.
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Benefits of the action Copy Paste
With Excel, you can copy any cell or any range of cell
- Select the cell you want to copy and click on the following icon "Copy" in the Home tab.
- Just after you see an animation with dotted lines moving (the dancing ants 😉) This indication means that the cell has been copied in the contain of the cell is in the memory of the computer.
- Then, select the cell where you want to paste the contain of the first cell
- Click on the Paste icon.
- All the contain of the first cell (color, font, borders, formula) is transferred to the second cell.
You can also use the following shortcut to perform the same action
|Copy contents of the selection.||Ctrl + C|
|Paste contents of the clipboard.||Ctrl + V|
When you want to copy / paste on adjacent cells, it is faster to do this action with the mouse.
In the bottom-right corner of a cell, you notice a square: it's the fill-handle.
Whatever the contained of your original cell you just have to click and drag to copy this cells.
If you have a single value, use the fill-handle will copy the same value. If you press Ctrl, you extend the series.
You will see a lot of other way to fill series in this article.
Copy a formula
When the cell contain a formula, Excel automatically change the references of the formula.
Let's copy the cell C2 to the range C3:C6.
Automatically, Excel has changed the references of the cells in the formulas.
You can "block" the cell references by putting the $ sign on both sides of the reference to ensure that references do not move.
To avoid mistake with the reference of the cells, refer to this article.