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


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.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

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

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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


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