# 3 Ways to Copy a Formula in Excel without Changing Cell References

We all know when we copy down a formula, Excel changes the cell references itself. And for most cases, it’s really useful because without this feature the whole work could be difficult. But in some specific cases, we don’t need the cell references to change while copying a formula. To stop the cell references to change, I am going to show you **3 different ways to copy a formula in Excel without changing cell references**.

## Introduction to the Dataset

So here is our sample dataset. I have used a pretty basic formula in **column E**. I subtracted the difference between the dates of due payment to current dates in **column E**.

## Quickest Way to Copy a Formula in Excel without Changing Cell References

If your dataset has a small number of cells, this method will be best for you. It’s easy to remember and takes less time.

**Now Follow The Guide **

**Step_1: **Double-click on the cell that has the formula (or press **F2**).

I double-clicked on cell **E2**. We do this because the formula becomes visible when we double click on it.

**Step_2: **Copy the formula (press **CTRL+C**).

**Step_3: **Now double click on an empty cell.

I selected cell **H2**.

**Step_4: **Paste the formula (press **CTRL+V**).

**Step_5: **Put the mouse cursor on the right bottom corner of cell **H2**, the **Fill Handle** ‘**+**’ icon will come along immediately.

**Step_6: **Now drag the **Fill Handle** down from **H2 **to **H8**.

**Final Result >**

This way you can copy a small number of formulas without changing their cell references in Excel.

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## Alternative Way #1: Use Find and Replace Command to Copy a Formula in Excel without Changing Cell References

I am going to replace the ‘**=**’ sign of the formulas with something else.

**Now Follow The Guide **

**Step_1: **Select the cell range that has formulas. I selected cells from **E2 **to **E8**.

**Step_2: **Select the **Home **tab.

**Step_3: **From the **Editing** group, click on the **Find & Select** drop-down list.

**Step_4: **Click on the **Replace **command.

You will see the **Find and Replace** dialog box pop up on the screen.

**Step_5: **Type **‘=’** inside the **Find what** box.

**Step_6: **Type any other character inside the **Replace with** box.

I input ‘**@**’ inside the **Replace with** box.

**Step_7: **Click on **Replace All** button.

A small dialog box appears that shows **“All Done. We made 7 replacements.”.**

**Step_8: **Press the **OK **button.

You will notice the formulas has a changed arrangement with ‘**#**’ instead of ‘**=**’ now.

**Step_9: **Copy the formulas from **column E**.

**Step_10: **Paste the formulas in **column H**.

**Step_11: **Again open the **Find and Replace** dialog box **(press CTRL + H).**

**Step_12: **Type ‘**#**’ in the **Find what** box.

**Step_13: **Type ‘**=**’ in the **Replace with** box.

**Step_14: **Select the **Replace All** button.

**Final Result >**

So now the formulas are in their appropriate form without changing the cell references.

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## Alternative Way #2: Use Notepad to Copy a Formula in Excel without Changing Cell References

For this method, we are going to take help from **Notepad**. You can find the **Notepad **in your **Windows**.

**Now Follow The Guide **

**Step_1: **Select the **Formulas **tab from the ribbon.

**Step_2: **From the **Formula Auditing** group, select the **Show Formulas** command.

The **Show Formulas** command will make all the existing formulas visible.

**Step_3: **Open a **Notepad**.

**Step_4: **Copy (**CTRL+C**) the formulas and paste (**CTRL+V**) them inside **Notepad**.

**Step_5: **Now copy the formulas from the **Notepad **and paste them to your destination cells of the sheet.

**Step_6: **Again click on the **Show Formulas** command.

**Final Result >**

This was another quick way to copy a formula in Excel without changing cell references.

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## Conclusion

I have discussed 3 solutions for copying formulas in Excel without changing cell references. I think these methods will be enough to make your work easier. Let us know if you still face any problems copying formulas in your worksheet.