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# How to Fill a Series Automatically with Excel

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Last Updated on 21/05/2023 by Frédéric LE GUEN

In Excel, there are 3 different ways to fill a series of numbers or dates

• The fill-handle
• The fill menu
• SEQUENCE function

## Fill series of numbers

If you want to create a series of numbers quickly, the trick is simple

1. Write the first value
2. Write the second value
3. Select the 2 cells
4. Use the fill handle to extend the selection

Excel will extend the selection according to the step between the 2 numbers.

Look at this video to see how it works with positives, negatives, and decimal numbers.

## Fill series for thousands of data

But if you have to create an extensive list of numbers, using the fill handle is useless because it takes too much time 😤

It's better to use the tool Home > Fill > Series

In the dialog box, you fill these parameters

1. Select the cell containing the starting value
2. Select the orientation (here columns because you want the result in the same column)
3. Indicate the step (by default it's 1)
4. Indicate the last value to reach

And the result is a list of values starting from 1 to 5000 with a step of 2 😀👍

## Fill a series with SEQUENCE

If you work with Excel 365, Excel Online, or Excel 2021, you can use the SEQUENCE function to create your series of number

=SEQUENCE(number of rows, number of columns, starting value, step)

For instance, to create a series from 0 to 50 with a step of 5, you write the following formula

=SEQUENCE(10, ,0,5)

Then, to convert the result of your formula to value, you must perform a copy-paste value

## Create a series of dates

If you want to create a series of dates, the 3 same techniques (fill handle, tool Fill series and SEQUENCE) can be used. But also Excel respects the number of days in a month.

For example, you can easily create a series of weeks with a step of 7 days

And the same technique can be used with the months.

1. You write the 2 first months
2. You select the 2 cells
3. Expand the selection

## Other Excel tricks

Here is a list of articles that could be also useful:

#### 1 Comment

1. Julie Williams
11/10/2022 @ 14:18

Thank you so much for providing such an intresting information.

# How to Fill a Series Automatically with Excel

Reading time: 2 minutes
Last Updated on 21/05/2023 by Frédéric LE GUEN

In Excel, there are 3 different ways to fill a series of numbers or dates

• The fill-handle
• The fill menu
• SEQUENCE function

## Fill series of numbers

If you want to create a series of numbers quickly, the trick is simple

1. Write the first value
2. Write the second value
3. Select the 2 cells
4. Use the fill handle to extend the selection

Excel will extend the selection according to the step between the 2 numbers.

Look at this video to see how it works with positives, negatives, and decimal numbers.

## Fill series for thousands of data

But if you have to create an extensive list of numbers, using the fill handle is useless because it takes too much time 😤

It's better to use the tool Home > Fill > Series

In the dialog box, you fill these parameters

1. Select the cell containing the starting value
2. Select the orientation (here columns because you want the result in the same column)
3. Indicate the step (by default it's 1)
4. Indicate the last value to reach

And the result is a list of values starting from 1 to 5000 with a step of 2 😀👍

## Fill a series with SEQUENCE

If you work with Excel 365, Excel Online, or Excel 2021, you can use the SEQUENCE function to create your series of number

=SEQUENCE(number of rows, number of columns, starting value, step)

For instance, to create a series from 0 to 50 with a step of 5, you write the following formula

=SEQUENCE(10, ,0,5)

Then, to convert the result of your formula to value, you must perform a copy-paste value

## Create a series of dates

If you want to create a series of dates, the 3 same techniques (fill handle, tool Fill series and SEQUENCE) can be used. But also Excel respects the number of days in a month.

For example, you can easily create a series of weeks with a step of 7 days

And the same technique can be used with the months.

1. You write the 2 first months
2. You select the 2 cells
3. Expand the selection

## Other Excel tricks

Here is a list of articles that could be also useful:

#### 1 Comment

1. Julie Williams
11/10/2022 @ 14:18

Thank you so much for providing such an intresting information.