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How to quickly apply formula to an entire column or row with/without dragging in Excel?

Sometimes you may need to apply one same formula to an entire column or row in Excel, such as C1=A1*2, C2=A2*2, …, Cn=An*2. It will be quite tedious if you enter the formula in each cell one by one. There are some tricky ways to apply one same formula to an enter column or row quickly.

Apply formula to an entire column or row with dragging AutoFill handle

Apply formula to an entire column or row without dragging by shortcut keyboards

Apply formula to an entire column or row without dragging by Fill feature

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Supposing you need to apply the formula of =(A1*3+8)/5 in the Column C, and see the following tutorials to apply the same formula to entire Column C.


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Dragging the AutoFill handle is the most common way to apply the same formula to an entire column or row in Excel.

Firstly type the formula of =(A1*3+8)/5 in Cell C1, and then drag the AutoFill Handle down to the bottom in Column C.

Then the formula of =(A1*3+8)/5 is applied in the whole Column C. If you need to apply it to the entire row, you can drag the AutoFill Handle to the far right.

Note: This dragging AutoFill handle method requires formula calculation automatically. You can enable it with clicking Formulas > Calculation Options > Automatic. See below screenshot:


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Sometimes, the column you want to apply the formula may covers hundreds of rows, and dragging Fill handle may be not convenient. Actually you and use shortcut keyboards to archive it easily in Excel.

Firstly, select the whole Column C, secondly enter the formula =(A1*3+8)/5, and then press the Ctrl + Enter keys together.

If you want apply the formula to an entire row, you can select the entire row first.


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Actually there is a Fill command on Excel Ribbon to help you apply formula to an entire column or row quickly.

Firstly enter the formula =(A1*3+8)/5 into the Cell C1 (the first cell of column where you will enter the same formula), secondly select the entire Column C, and then click Home > Fill > Down. See left screenshot.

If you want to apply the formula to entire row, just enter the formula into the first cell of your entire row, next select the entire row, and then click Home > Fill > Right.


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All of above methods are to apply formulas to blank column or row. Sometimes you may need to apply the same formula to an entire column or row with data. How to process? You can try the Kutools for Excel's Operation Tools.

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1. Select the column or row that you will work with (in this case select the Column A), and click Kutools > More > Operation. See left screenshot.

2. In the Operation Tools dialog box, select the Custom in Operation box, enter (?*3+8)/5 in the blank box in the Custom section, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

And then the whole column are filled with the formula of =(?*3+8)/5, and the ? refers to the value in corresponding cell. See below screenshots:

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Notes:

(1) If you check the Create formulas option, the results will be in the form of formulas for each cell.

(2) If the Skip formula cells option is checked, the operation will skip and automatically ignore the formula cells in the selected range.

The Operation Tools can perform common math operations in multiple cells together, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, etc.
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    sunny singh · 1 months ago
    How do i divide the one entire coloumn filled with number by 1000 or any number witout creating nother coloumn?
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      · 1 months ago
      Hi Sunny,

      Kutools for Excel’s Operation feature can help solve this problem.

      (1) Select the column you need to divided by a certain number;

      (2) Click Kutools > More > Operation;
      (3) In the Operation Tools dialog, specify Division, type in the divisor, and click OK.
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    Mansi · 5 months ago
    Hi,

    How can I do sum of two different column with formula?

    Like I want to sum of A1 and D1 and getting answer on F1 then which formula apply?
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    Thao Le · 9 months ago
    This tip helps me to save a lot of time in work. I will share with my colleagues! Thank you a lot for sharing!
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    Thao Le · 9 months ago
    This instruction is very useful for me! I will share with my colleagues! It helps me to save a lot of time in work! Thank you a lot!
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    Lawrence J Gosling · 1 years ago
    Hi, I am trying to do a similar thing, but with letters. I am researching and trying to complete the civil aircraft register for the UK. I therefore need to have column A as G-AAAA to G-AZZZ on one work sheet and then G-BAAA to G-BZZZ on the next worksheet, etc. all the way to G-ZAAA to G-ZZZZ on the 25th worksheet. Is there an easy way of drag filling letters rather than numbers? As I have to manually fill each cell at the moment, which is very laborious. Thanks in advance, Lawrence