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How to copy cell formula only not formatting in Excel?

For instance, I have two ranges of data, and one of the data range has been done some calculations, and now I need to do the same calculations in the other range. But I do not want to copy the formatting of the range 1 to range 2, here this tutorial is talking about the tricks to solve it in Excel.

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Copy cell formula only without values by Paste Special

Copy cell formula only without values by Copy Ranges

Copy cell formula without changing the cell reference by Exact Copy

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If you directly copy and paste the formula cells, the cell formatting will be pasted with the formula together. And with the Paste Special of Excel, you can choose to only copy formula paste option.

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Select the formula cells you want to copy, and press Ctrl + C to copy them, then go to select the cells you want to paste, and right click to show the context menu, click Paste Special > Formulas in Excel 2010 and 2013. See screenshot:

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Note: In Excel 2007, after clicking Paste Special from the context menu, it opens Paste Special dialog box. In the dialog box, check Formulas, and click OK.

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Then you can see only the formulas are copied.

Note: The cell references of copied formulas will change based on destination cell addresses.

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arrow blue right bubble Copy cell formula only without values by Copy Ranges

There is a powerful copy function – Copy Ranges in a handy tool Kutools for Excel. With Copy Ranges, you can only copy cell format, formula, value, comments and so on.

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If you have not installed Kutools for Excel, just get it free install now. Kutools for Excel is free for 60 days. And after Kutools for Excel installed, do as below steps:

1. Select the cells you want to copy and click Kutools > Copy Ranges. See screenshot:

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2. In the Copy Multiple Ranges dialog, check Formulas option only, then click Ok and to select the cells to paste the formulas. See screenshots:

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3. Click OK. Now the cells are pasted formula without formatting. See screenshot:

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Note: The cell references of copied formulas will change based on destination cell addresses.

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arrow blue right bubble Copy cell formula without changing the cell reference by Exact Copy

In addition to only copying formulas, sometimes, you may want to copy cell formulas and keep the cell references. For instance, you copy the formula =MAX(B2:B14) of cell Sheet1!B16 to the cell Sheet2!D1, the formula is also =MAX(B2:B14).

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Here in Kutools for Excel, the Exact Copy utility can do a favor for you.

1. Select the formula cells needed to copy, and click Kutools > Exact Copy. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the Exact Formula Copy dialog, uncheck Copy formatting, and click Ok to select cells needed paste formula. See screenshots:

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3. Click OK. Now the formulas are pasted and keep the cell reference. See screenshot:

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