## How to increase or increment cell reference by X in Excel?

By default, when filling formulas down a column or across a row, cell references in the formulas are increased by one only. As below screenshot shown, how to increase relative cell references by 3 or more than 1 when filling down the formulas? This article will show you method to achieve it.

**Increase or increment cell reference by X in Excel with formulas**

#### **Increase or increment cell reference by X in Excel with formulas**

The following formulas can help you to increase cell references by X in Excel. Please do as follows.

**For filling down to a column, you need to:**

1. Select a blank cell for placing the first result, then enter formula =OFFSET($A$3,(ROW()-1)*3,0) into the formula bar, then press the **Enter** key. See screenshot:

**Note**: In the formula, $A$3 is the absolute reference to the first cell you need to get in a certain column, the number 1 indicates the row of cell that the formula is entered, and 3 is the number of rows you will increase.

2. Keep selecting the result cell, then drag the Fill Handle down the column to get all needed results.

**For filling across a row, you need to:**

1. Select a blank cell, enter formula **=OFFSET($C$1,0,(COLUMN()-1)*3)** into the Formula Bar, then press the **Enter** key. See screenshot:

2. Then drag the result cell across the row to get the needed results.

**Note**: In the formula, $C$1 is the absolute reference to the first cell you need to get in a certain row, the number 1 indicates the column of cell that the formula is entered and 3 is the number of columns you will increase. Please change them as you need.

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

The **Kutools for Excel**'s **Convert Refers** utility helps you easily convert all formula references in bulk in selected range such as convert all relative to absolute at once in Excel.

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