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How to drag or copy formula and lock the cell value in Excel?

Normally, when selecting a formula cell and dragging it down to fill the cells below, the cell references in the formula will be changed automatically. If you want to make the formula constant without changing with the cell, you need to convert the cell references to absolute. This article can help you.

Drag or copy formula and lock the cell value with the F4 key

Drag or copy formula and lock the cell value with Kutools for Excel

Exactly copy the formula cell with Kutools for Excel


Easily convert formula references in bulk (such as relative to absolute) in Excel

For dragging or copying formula references and lock the cell value, you need to convert all cell references in formulas to absolute at first. Click Kutools > Convert Refers. The Kutools for Excel's Convert Formula References utility helps you easily convert all formula references in bulk in selected range such as convert all relative to absolute at once in Excel. See below screenshot:

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Drag or copy formula and lock the cell value with the F4 key


For locking the cell reference of a single formula cell, the F4 key can help you easily.

Select the formula cell, click on one of the cell reference in the Formula Bar, and press the F4 key. Then the selected cell reference is locked.

Go ahead to lock the other cell references of current formula with the same step above.


Drag or copy formula and lock the cell value with Kutools for Excel

The Convert Refers utility of Kutools for Excel can not only convert all cell references of a single cell to absolute at once, but also convert all cell references of a range of formula cells to absolute at once. Please do as follows.

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1. Select the formula cell (or a range of formula cells) which you need to lock the value, then click Kutools > Convert Refers. See screenshot:

2. In the Convert Formula References dialog box, select the To absolute option and then click the OK button.

Then values of selected formula cells are locked, and they won’t be changed with dragging or copying to another cells.


Exactly copy the formula cell with Kutools for Excel

The Exact Copy utility of Kutools for Excel helps you copy all formulas of selected cells to another cells without adjusting the relative cell references. Please do as follows.

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1. Select the formula cells you need to copy to another cell without adjusting the relative cell references, then click Kutools > Exact Copy. See screenshot:

2. In the Exact Formula Copy dialog box, check the Copy formatting box as you need, and then click the OK button.

3. In the second Exact Formula Copy dialog box, select a blank cell for pasting the copied formula cells, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then the selected formula cells are pasted to a new range without changing any relative cell reference. See screenshot:


Drag or copy formula and lock the cell value with Kutools for Excel

Kutools for Excel includes more than 300 handy Excel tools. Free to try with no limitation in 60 days. Download the free trial now!


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