# How to Copy a Formula to Entire Column in Excel [5+ Proven Methods]

There are a good number of ways to copy down a formula to an entire column in Excel. But I’ve discussed **5+ proven methods** that actually work to copy a formula to an entire column in Excel.

## Copy Down a Formula to Entire Column in Excel by Pressing CTRL+D

Suppose, you’ve inserted a formula in cell **C2**. Now, you want to copy down the formula to the entire column. The best way to do that is to select the entire column and press **CTRL + D**.

This method comes up with the following flexibilities:

- You can copy down a formula to some specific rows.
- It changes the cell references automatically.

To copy down a formula to an entire column in Excel, follow these steps:

- Insert a formula at the top cell of a column.

- Select as many rows as you want to copy down the same formula. Your selection area must include the cell having the formula.
- Now, press
**CTRL + D**from your keyboard.

The formula in the top cell of your selection area will be copied to the entire selected area. **Cell references** will be changed as you copy down the formula.

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## Copy a Formula to Entire Column in Excel Using Fill Handle

The next method to copy formulas to an entire column in Excel is to use the **Fill Handle.**

There are two ways to use the **Fill Handle**.

- Double-click on it.
- Dragging it.

Let’s discuss them both one by one.

### By Double-clicking on the Fill Handle

Here are the steps below to double-click on the **Fill Handle** icon:

- Keep the cursor on the
**lower-right****corner**of the cell where you’ve inserted a formula.

The cursor will automatically turn into a**plus (+) like icon.**This icon is known as the**Fill Handle**.

- Now, double-click on this
**Fill Handle.**

This will automatically copy down the formula until it finds a completely blank row.

If your data table has a blank row, then **double-clicking** on the **Fill Handle** will fill up the cells with the formula until the first blank row is encountered. Look at the screenshot:

### By Dragging the Fill Handle Icon

To tackle this type of scenario, you can drag down the **Fill Handle** instead of double-clicking on it. Now, go through these steps below:

- Keep the cursor at the lower-right corner of the cell having the formula.
- The cursor will turn into
**Fill Handle (+).** - Click and hold the left mouse button on the icon and then drag it down.
- Drag down the
**(+) icon**as much as you want.

**Tips**

- This time having a blank row in the middle of your data table won’t be a problem. The formula will copy down all the way.
- You can drag the
**Fill Handle**in any direction such as**left, right, up, or down.** - No matter where you are taking away the
**Fill Handle**by dragging, it will copy the formula following the direction with changing cell references.

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## Copy a Formula to an Entire Column in Excel Using the Fill Down Command

The next feature Excel has to copy a formula down to an entire column is the **Fill Down** command. To do that, follow these steps below:

- Select a range of cells having the formula inserted at the top.

- Go to
**Home**tab**>****Editing**Group >**Fill >****Down**.

This will sequentially fill the formula to all the cells in an entire column with changing cell references.

**Advantages**

The advantages of using this feature are:

- You can copy down a formula up to a specific row.
- Cell reference changes automatically.

## Copy Down a Formula Using Copy-Select-Paste Command

To copy down the formula with copy-select-paste commands, here are the steps below:

- Click on the cell where you’ve inserted a formula to select it.
- Then copy the formula by pressing
**CTRL + C**.

- Select a range where you want to apply the copied formula.
- Press
**CTRL + V**to paste it.

The same formula will be applied to all the selected ranges with changing cell references.

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## Copy a Formula Using the Name Box Tool

If you have a very long column to apply a formula, selecting all the cells manually will be like a nightmare. In such a scenario, you are recommended to use the **Name Box** for making the selection. Using the **Name Box** tool, go through these steps below:

- Click on the cell where you’ve inserted a formula to select it.
- Then copy the formula by pressing
**CTRL + C**.

- Insert a range in the
**Name Box**to select.

For example, I’m inserting**C3:C10**into the**Name Box.**

- Press
**ENTER**.

All the cells from**C3**to**C10**will be selected. - Paste the copied formula within
**C3:C10**by pressing**CTRL + V.**

## Insert a Formula to an Entire Column Automatically with an Excel Table

Let me show you an interesting thing! I want to use a formula to get the first name only from the column called **Full Name.**

What I would typically need to do for that is insert a formula in the top cell of the column **First Name.** Later, I would need to copy the formula down to the entire column.

Indeed, converting your data into an Excel Table simplifies tasks. When you insert a formula in an **Excel Table**, Excel automatically extends it to the entire column, eliminating the need for manual adjustments.

Steps to copy a formula to an entire column automatically with an Excel table:

- Select your entire table.
- Click on the
**Table**command of the**Insert**tab.

Or, you can also use the shortcut key,**CTRL + T**instead of**Step_2.**

**Create Table**dialog box appears. From this dialog box, you can modify your table range or leave it as it is. - After finalizing the table range, hit
**OK**.

Your selected range will turn into an** Excel Table.**

Now let’s insert a formula in cell **C2** of column **First Name.**

When you press the **ENTER** button, Excel will instantly copy down the formula to the entire column. Thus, you will see the formula result within the whole column.

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## Conclusion

I tried to cover all the useful methods to copy down a formula in Excel to an entire column. I hope you’ve found this article useful. Don’t forget to share your feedback with us.

## Frequently Asked Questions

### How do you AutoFill in Excel?

To** AutoFill** in Excel, follow these steps:

- Click on the cell containing the data or formula you want to fill.
- Move your cursor to the small square (Fill Handle) in the lower-right corner of the selected cell.
- Click and drag the
**Fill Handle**over the range where you want to replicate the content. - Release the mouse button to complete the
**AutoFill**.

Excel will intelligently fill the cells based on the pattern it detects, saving you time and effort.

### How do you copy formulas in Excel?

To copy formulas in Excel:

- Click on the cell containing the formula you want to copy.
- Press
**CTRL+C**on your keyboard. - Go to the cell where you want to paste the formula.
- Right-click on the destination cell.
- Choose
**Paste**from the context menu.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut to paste: for formulas,**ALT + E > S +ENTER**.

These steps allow you to quickly copy formulas in Excel from one cell to another.

### Where is AutoFit in Excel?

In Excel, the **AutoFit **feature is located in the **Home** tab. To automatically adjust the width of a column or the height of a row to fit its contents, follow these steps:

- Select the column or columns you want to adjust.
- Go to the
**Home**tab. - In the
**Cells**group, find and click on**Format**. - Choose
**AutoFit Column Width**. - Select the row or rows you want to adjust.
- Again, go to the
**Home**tab. - In the
**Cells**group, find and click on**Format**. - Choose
**AutoFit Row Height**.

These options automatically adjust the column width or row height to fit the content within the selected range.