How to enter the same data (formula) into all selected cells at a time

In this quick tip you will learn about 2 fast ways to enter the same formula or text into several Excel cells at a time. It is very useful if you need to insert the formula to all cells in a column or fill all blank cells in a table with the same value (e.g. "N/A"). Both tricks work in Microsoft Excel 365 - 2007.

Knowing these simple techniques will save you a lot of time that you can spend on more enjoyable things.

Select all the cells where you want to enter the same data

Here are the quickest ways you can select cells:

Select the entire column

  • If your data are in a full-fledged Excel table, just click on any cell in the column and press Ctrl+Space.
  • If you have a simple range (when you click on any cell with the data, you don't see "Table Tools" tab in the top-right corner of the Excel ribbon): You'll see Table tools only if your data are formatted as Excel table

    Note: Unfortunately, simply pressing Ctrl+Space will select all the cells in the column, i.e. from C1 to C1048576, even if only cells C1-C100 contain data.

    Put the cursor to the first cell in the column (or the second one if your Table has headers), then press Shift+Ctrl+End to go to the end of your table, hold Shift and press the Left key repeatedly until only the needed column gets selected.

    This is the fastest way to select all the cells in the column, especially if the column contains several blank cells between the data.

Select the entire row

  • If your data are in a full-fledged Excel table, just click on any cell in the row and press Shift+Space.
  • If you have a simple range, click on the last cell in the row, then press Ctrl + Home.

Select several cells

Hold Ctrl and left-click on all cells that you want to fill with data.

Select the whole table

Click on any cell in your table and then press Ctrl+A.

Select all cells in a worksheet

Press Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+A again.

Select blank cells within a certain area (row, column, table)

Select the area you need (see below), e.g. the whole column. Select the column that contains blank cells

Press F5 to bring up the "Go To" dialog and click on the Special… button in that dialog. Click the Special button in the Go To dialog

Select the "Blanks" radio button in the "Go To special" window and click OK. Select the Blanks radio button in the 'Go To special' window

You will get back to Excel and see that only blank cells in the selected area are highlighted. That's right; it is faster to select 3 blank cells by clicking on them with your mouse cursor. But what if you have more than 300 blanks randomly distributed between 10000 cells :)?

The fastest way to insert a formula into the entire column

You have a large table and you want to add a new column with some formula. For example, you get a list of links (new backlinks to :) ) and you want to extract the domain names from these links for further work. Extract a part of a value using formulas in the next column

  1. Convert your range to an Excel table. Select any cell within your data range and press Ctrl+T to bring the "Create Table" dialog (the shortcut is Ctrl+L in Excel 2003). If your data have column titles, make sure the checkbox "My table has headers" is selected. Usually Excel recognizes your table headers automatically, if not, check this checkbox manually. Make sure your table headers are identified
  2. Insert a new column into your table. It is a lot easier to add a new column to a table than to a simple data range. Just click on any cell in the column next to where you want to add a new one and choose Insert > Table Column to the Right ( or "Table Column to the Left"). It is easy to insert a table column
  3. Name the newly added column.
  4. Enter your formula in the first cell of the new column. I'll use the following formula for extracting domain names in my example: =MID(c2,FIND(":",c2,"4")+3,FIND("/",c2,9)-FIND(":",c2,"4")-3) Enter your formula into the first cell
  5. Press Enter. Voila! Excel automatically fills all blank cells down your column with the same formula Excel automatically fills in the column cells with your formula

    If you want to switch back from a table to a simple range for some reason (I don't know any :) ), select any cell in your table, then press the "Convert to range" button on the Design tab. Convert your table back to range

You can apply this tip only if all cells in the column are blank, so the best way is to add new columns. The next tip is universal.

Insert the same data into multiple cells using Ctrl+Enter

Select the cells that you want to fill with the same data in your Excel worksheet. Please see the tips above for quick data selection.

Say, we have a table with a list of our customers (this is a fake list, of course :) ). There is a column listing the websites from which our customers come. We want to fill the blank cells with "_unknown_" to make filtering easier in the future: We want to enter Unknown into blank cells

  1. Select all the blank cells in a column. Quickly select all blanks in a column
  2. Press F2 to edit the last selected cell and type some data: it can be text, a number, or a formula (e.g. "_unknown_") Enter the data into the last selected cell
  3. Press Ctrl+Enter instead of Enter. All the selected cells will be filled with the data that you typed. Have all cells filled in with the entered value

If you know more tricks that speed up data input, please share them in the comments. I'll be happy to add them with your authorship to this article.


  1. Hello,

    I have a tracker that is used to track new client policies and premium amounts, for the current month. We need the info roll over to each month without having to copy and paste manually every time a new policy is written. But if client cancels policy on a set date, we need the rollover to stop. For example: on January, i write 5 new policies, i want those 5 to copy over to every month, a long with the premiums they pay monthly, but lets say they cancel in April, i want it to no longer copy over past april. Can you please help? not sure if this can be done or if i would need a macro instead. any assistance is greatly appreciated. thank you in for your time.

    • Hi! To automatically copied values from one worksheet to another worksheet, you can use a macro. But that is beyond the scope of the help we provide in this blog. You can also try to extract data by condition from another worksheet using the FILTER function. Without seeing your data, it is impossible to give you an example of such a formula.

      • i need to copy the same date from sheet 1 to sheet 4.for example if sheet 1 has a name typed i hope for this name to be typed into sheets 2-4 automatically, not there such a formula

  2. Hi, I have a model already built but I need to add another row with a formula already in it into roughly 120 different places in the model. Is there a quick way to do this?


  3. I have 2500 rows in my table, in a certain column i need to add "-00" at the end of my value. Please advise how can i do that using a formula in 2500 rows of column.

  4. Hi
    Colom (A) Colom(B)
    A USA
    B ASIA

    When i type name C under name coloum how can i select region as USA in region coloum without typing

  5. I want to paste a 21 digits numbers like '********************' in excel. I want paste the exact numbers as per columns? Can you helped me solved it? What if I used the 'if' FUNCTIONS. Will it work? Surely vLOOKUP doesn't help as it have multiple columns and rows. How to paste the correct numbers in the same rows along with the contained multiple rows. Thanking you in advance.
    R-1 S/No R2 ID No (containing 20+ digit) R3 Order ID (same containing 20+ digit not in ascending or descending) R4 Name R5 Address and so on
    C1 1-2000+ C2 12345678910111213142 C3 12345678910111213142 C4 John C5 Oakland, etc...

    • It contains 2500 rows, 20 or more columns. I'm asking vice-versa on columns and rows also. Please help me....

    • select the particular cell and drag the data so it will be

  6. HELLO
    I have panel data set if 100 categories of imported products which are in a way that

    product 1 volume RCA (A) RCA (B) product 2 volume RCA (A) RCA (B).... upto 100 products
    year 2011

    i want this data to be in vertical form like

    product 1 volume RCA( A) RCA (B)
    year 2011
    year 2012
    upto 2020

    product 2
    year 2011
    year 2012
    year 2013
    upto 2020

    please help urgently

    • additional information of above query
      each product has 3 columns and 11 rows. i do not want to take their transpose as order of columns is correct. order of years is also set. only set of data of products should stack on each other. like book 1 should be on the book 2 in the shelf not their pages.

  7. Good morning, I would like to clone two rows. If changes are made to row 2 can that reflect in row 48?

  8. Hi,
    Suppose you have 5 cells in Excel & each cell has a date. Now I want to make a formula in another cell (cell no. 6) that is-
    if cell 1 has a date, then the formula cell will show "Received" & all others will have blank. Again, if cell 2 has a date, then the formula cell will show "Sent" and all other cells will remain blank. But not cell 1 and cell 2. I mean blank will be 3,4,5.
    Can you please help me?

  9. Good afternoon,

    I have a question pertaining to separating first and last names and combining them. You see, I know how to separate and combine them, however the data I have has names either first then last, or last then first, all in one row. What makes this difficult is that I do not know if, and how, Excel can auto sort the names without me having to fix the backward names manually. Would there happen to be a known solution to this dilemma?

  10. Hi I have one question on how to make the same value in 5 rows. And there are 62 different values and that means there would be 310 rows for it.

  11. Hi, I need help finding a formula. Have tried different ones it sends me an error (SPILL).
    Sheet One I have four columns, all integer values. Column A has Plots, Column B has Temp1, Column C has Temp2 and Column D has Temp3. There are 1500 for each plot, total 45k, and I need to put their corresponding values of each Temp which are coming from another sheet (Test-Temp Sheet, each temp on different column). Any idea? Thanks!

    Sheet One looks like this....
    Plot Temp1 Temp2 Temp3

    Test-Temp Sheet looks like this...
    Plot Temp1 Temp2 Temp3
    1 1.56 2.08 0.52
    2 4.68 2.6 0.1
    3 6.3 8.52 -0.52


    • Hi! Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.

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