## How to copy formula without changing its cell references in Excel?

Normally Excel adjusts the cell references if you copy your formulas to another location in your worksheet. You would have to fix all cell references with a dollar sign ($) or press F4 key to toggle the relative to absolute references to prevent adjusting the cell references in formula automatically. If you have a range of formulas need to be copied, these methods will be very tedious and time-consuming. If you want to copy the formulas without changing cell references quickly and easily, try the following methods:

**Method 1: by Replace feature****Method 2: by converting formula to text****Method 3: by converting to absolute references****Method 4: by Exact Copy feature**

#### ** Copy formula without changing its cell references** by Replace feature

In Excel, you can copy formula without changing its cell references with Replace function as following steps:

**1**. Select the formula cells you will copy, and click **Home** > **Find & Select** > **Replace**, or press shortcuts **CTRL+H** to open the ** Find & Select** dialog box.

**2**. Click** Replace** button, in the **Find what** box input “* =*”, and in the

**Replace with**box input “

**” or any other signs that different with your formulas, and click the**

*#***Replace All**button.

Basically, this will stop the references from being references. For example, “

**” becomes “**

*=A1*B1***”, and you can move it around without excel automatically changing its cell references in current worksheet.**

*#A1*B1***3**. And now all “* =*” in selected formulas are replaced with “

*”. And a dialog box comes out and shows how many replacements have been made. Please close it. See above screenshot:*

**#**And the formulas in the range will be changed to text strings. See screenshots:

**4**. Copy and paste the formulas to the location that you want of the current worksheet.

**5**. Select the both changed ranges, and then reverse the step 2. Click **Home**> **Find & Select** >**Replace…** or press shortcuts **CTRL+H**, but this time enter “* #*” in the Find what box, and “

*” in the Replace with box, and click*

**=****Replace All**. Then the formulas have been copied and pasted into another location without changing the cell references. See screenshot:

#### ** Copy formula without changing its cell references by converting formula to text**

Above method is to change the formula to text with replacing the = to #. Actually, Kutools for Excel provide such utilities of **Convert Formula to Text **and** Convert Text to Formula**. And you can convert formulas to text and copy them to other places, and then restore these text to formula easily.

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**1**. Select the formula cells you will copy, and click **Kutools **>** Content** > **Convert Formula to Text**. See screenshot:

**2**. Now selected formulas are converted to text. Please copy them and paste into your destination range.

**3**. And then you can restore the text strings to formula with selecting the text strings and clicking **Kutools **> **Content **> **Convert Text to Formula**. See screenshot:

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#### ** Copy formula without changing its cell references by converting to absolute references**

The formulas changes after copying as a result of relative references. Therefore, we can apply Kutools for Excel’s **Convert Refers** utility to change the cell references to absolute to prevent from changing after copying in Excel.

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**1**. Select the formula cells you will copy, and click **Kutools** > **Convert Refers**.

**2**. In the opening Convert Formula References dialog box, please check the **To absolute** option and click the **Ok** button. See screenshot:

**3**. Copy the formulas and paste into your destination range.

**Note**: If necessary, you can restore the formulas’ cell references to relative by reusing the **Convert Refers** utility again.

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#### ** Copy formula without changing its cell references by Kutools for Excel**

Is there an easier way to copy formula without changing its cell references this quickly and comfortably? In actual,** Kutools for Excel** can help you copy formulas without changing its cell references quickly.

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**1**. Select the formula cells you will copy, and click **Kutools** > **Exact copy**.

**2**. In the first **Exact Formula Copy** dialog box, please click **OK**. And in the second Exact Formula Copy dialog box, please specify the first cell of destination range, and click the **OK** button. See screenshot:

**Tip**: Copy formatting option will keep all cells formatting after pasting the range, if the option has been checked.

And all selected formulas have been pasted into the specified cells without changing the cell references. See screenshot:

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