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Efficiently Copy Formulas Down in Google Sheets: 3 Methods

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Google Sheets
LAST UPDATED
February 5, 2024
TL;DR

Learn to quickly copy formulas down in Google Sheets using absolute references, ARRAYFORMULA, or shortcuts. Perfect for handling large datasets efficiently.

  • Use absolute references to copy formulas without changing cell references.
  • Apply ARRAYFORMULA for entire columns, or double-click the fill handle for automatic filling.
  • Utilize shortcuts like 'Ctrl+Shift+Down arrow' and 'Ctrl+D' (or 'Cmd+Enter' on Mac) for quick formula replication.

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Google Sheets Copy Formula Down

Copying a formula down in Google Sheets is a common task that can save you a lot of time, especially when dealing with large datasets. There are several methods to accomplish this, each suitable for different scenarios.

Google Sheets Copy Formula Down Without Changing

To copy a formula down without changing cell references, you can use absolute references in your formula. This involves adding a dollar sign ($) before the column letter and row number in your formula. For example, changing '=A1+B1' to '=$A$1+$B$1' ensures that when you copy the formula down, it always references cells A1 and B1.

Google Sheets Copy Formula Down Entire Column

For copying a formula down an entire column, the ARRAYFORMULA function is particularly useful. You can apply a formula to an entire column by typing it in the first cell of your column and wrapping it with ARRAYFORMULA. For instance, '=ARRAYFORMULA(A1:A+B1:B)' would add each cell in column A to its corresponding cell in column B for the entire column. Alternatively, you can double-click the fill handle (small square at the bottom right of the cell) to automatically fill down the formula to the last row with data in the adjacent column.

Google Sheets Copy Formula Down Shortcut

There are keyboard shortcuts and techniques to speed up the process of copying formulas:

  • Use the fill handle by dragging it down the column.
  • Double-click the fill handle to automatically fill the formula down adjacent to cells that contain data.
  • Select the cell with the formula, then use 'Ctrl+Shift+Down arrow' to select all cells below, and press 'Ctrl+D' (Cmd+D on Mac) to fill down the formula.
  • For Mac users, after selecting the cells, use 'Cmd+Enter' instead.

These methods provide efficient ways to copy formulas across a range of cells or down an entire column, enhancing productivity in Google Sheets.

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Automating tasks in Google Sheets can significantly enhance productivity, especially when it comes to copying formulas down a sheet. While manual methods exist, using Bardeen to automate these processes can save you an immense amount of time and reduce the risk of human errors. Let’s explore some practical examples of how Bardeen playbooks can automate tasks in Google Sheets, making your data management tasks a breeze.

  1. Copy an Airtable to Google Sheets: This playbook allows you to seamlessly transfer data from Airtable to Google Sheets, perfect for consolidating your data sources into a single, easily accessible location.
  2. Copy a tweet to Google Sheets and translate it, when a Twitter user tweets: Automate the process of capturing tweets and translating them for content curation, social media monitoring, or competitive analysis directly into Google Sheets.
  3. Copy all Asana tasks to Google Sheets: For project management and tracking, this playbook imports tasks from Asana into Google Sheets, facilitating an overview of your projects and their statuses.

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