If you work with Excel on a regular basis, you know that there are certain tasks that you perform over and over again. One of those tasks is copying formulas down a column or across a row. If you do this often, you know that it can be a bit tedious and time-consuming. But what if I told you that there was a shortcut that would make this task a breeze?
The shortcut is called the fill handle, and it's a little green square that appears in the bottom-right corner of a selected cell or range of cells. To use the fill handle, simply select the cell or range of cells that contains the formula that you want to copy. Then, position your cursor over the fill handle until you see a black crosshair. When you see the black crosshair, click and hold down the left mouse button, and then drag the fill handle down or across the cells that you want to fill.
When you release the mouse button, the formula will be copied down or across the cells, and the cells will be filled with the correct values. Pretty nifty, huh?
There are a few things to keep in mind when using the fill handle. First, make sure that the cells you want to fill are adjacent to the cell that contains the formula. Second, if you want to fill a column with a formula, the formula must be in the first row of the column. And third, if you want to fill a row with a formula, the formula must be in the first column of the row.
Now that you know how to use the fill handle, give it a try the next time you need to copy a formula in Excel. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much time you'll save.