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 fullfledged 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 topright corner of the Excel ribbon):
Note.
Note: Unfortunately, simply pressing Ctrl+Space will select all the cells in the column, i.e. from C1 to C1048576, even if only cells C1C100 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 fullfledged 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 leftclick 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.
Press F5 to bring up the "Go To" dialog and click on the Special… button in that dialog.
Select the "Blanks" radio button in the "Go To special" window and click OK.
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 www.ablebits.com :) ) and you want to extract the domain names from these links for further work.
 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.
 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").
 Name the newly added column.
 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)
 Press Enter. Voila! Excel automatically fills all blank cells down your column with the same 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.
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:
 Select all the blank cells in a column.
 Press F2 to edit the last selected cell and type some data: it can be text, a number, or a formula (e.g. "_unknown_")
 Press Ctrl+Enter instead of Enter. All the selected cells will be filled with the data that you typed.
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.
167 comments
Alexander,
I am trying to create an inventory list in Microsoft Excel and I have all the numbers in column A, how do I put a letter/s in front of them (so I will know which vendor they are from) without having to manually do it? Thanks in advance for your help.
Hi Shan,
It is not very convenient to fulfill this task in Excel. Please add a Helper column, enter the following formula there:
="AB"&$A2
Where "AB" is letter(s) you want to add, $A2 is the first cell with data in your column.
Select the entire Helper column, press Ctrl + C, go to the 1st cell in column A, press Shift + F10 and then V to place the new variant over the old one.
Then you can delete the Helper column.
I tried adding a helper column to do this and it either deletes all my original content or it puts a letter v in the place of the first cell.
The steps I took were first to move everything to column B and then put into column A the formula above, only I changed it to ="AB"&$B2.
Then I selected column A, pressed Ctrl + C, went into the 1st column of column B, pressed Shift + F10 and then V and so maybe this is where I am messing up. I've tried pressing them all together and then separately or I am just not creating the helper column correctly any further suggestions?
Hi Alexander
I am trying to put the same words in 2 different boxes on 2 different spreadsheets. How do you do this?
Hi 
I have a huge set of data, and I'd like to insert data points into specific cells. For example, I'd like to enter iPhone into ever 7th cell.
Please advise.
Please clarify whether you want to change the content of each 7th cell or insert text before each 7th cell.
Hi. Is there a way I can copy data from a column into a column with several cell spaces between them?
Source Column:
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
Cells I want to fill in:
A1
_
_
_
_
A6
_
_
_
_
A11
_
_
_
_
A16
_
_
_
_
A21
_
_
_
_
A26
Thank you in advance =)
Hello Leslie,
Please insert the following formula into the Destination column and copy it down:
=IF(MOD(ROW(),5)=1,INDIRECT("A"&ROW()),"")
Where "A" is the name of the original column.
If in the sixth row you want to get the value from cell A2, not from A6, then use this formula:
=IF(MOD(ROW(),5)=1,INDIRECT("A"&INT((ROW()+5)/5)),"")
To replace the formula with the values, please select the entire column, press Ctrl + C, then Shift + F10 and then V.
Hi Alexander,
I've created a excel sheet where we made it one floor plane (table).In which I put the numbering on the cell in floor plane like (1,2,3),somewhere down I've written the name of the cell.
suppose If I am clicking the particuler number so it has to show the name of that cell which I've written down.can u help me on that.
Thanks
i want to insert all data in a format from internet dtaa base, how at a time i can paste those things , and if there will be same number in rows , how i will find those ......plz i want solution my dear
Hi Alexander,
I've created a spreadsheet for statistical purposes but have issues when trying to copy formulas from one sheet to another.
I'm looking at data ranges for different elements with the Mean, Range and Standard Deviation. For each entry I'm using a formula like: =STDEV('XRF Edited'!H2:H14, then for the next element =STDEV('XRF Edited'!I2:I14. The only variable for that is changing is the column and preceding letter. I've tried the trusted drag and drop to copy the formulas but this will only copy whats been done.
Are they any quick methods for copying these formulas, which take into consideration only the column letter changing each time? I've looked at the absolute and relative cell references but neither seem to fix the issue.
Any advice or guidance you could offer would be greatly appreciated!!
Best wishes
Steve
I have a list of 5,000 incoming students. Column A lists their student ID, which consists of three letters and four numbers (ex. kal0009). To make that into the student's email address, I need to add @auburn.edu to each one. Is there a way to do that (add the same text to columns that already have text) without doing it manually? I'm wondering if I could make Column B all @auburn.edu and then merge the two columns. Is that even possible, or is there another way? Thanks bunches!
Hello Kate,
Yes, your approach will work. For more detail, please see the following post about merging columns in Excel:
https://www.ablebits.com/officeaddinsblog/mergecolumnsexcelwithoutlosingdata/
I cannot suggest a faster way, sorry.
HELP....I am trying to also add a column to over 3,000, I want the column to all say the exact same thing. How were you able to add @auburn.edu to everyone? Did you have to manually do it?
Hi, could you help me with a problem?
I have in column 'A' 3000 entries. Some are repeated values like i350, i560,e900 etc which code for a specific name i.e. i350=apple, for example.
So it looks like this:
A B
i350 Apple
E900
g560
y700
i350
i350
Column B is empty, So what I'm Doing at the moment is; using ctrl+f to find 'i350' (of which there will be 300ish scattered throughout column A) then pasting 'apple' into column B beside it. This is very time consuming and inefficient and is hurting my wrists a lot because I have 15000 to do. I would love to be able to just find say 'i350' and use some sort of function button to paste 'apple' in column B right beside all the i350s in column A. IS this possible?
I could put them all alphabetically and just drag down copy and paste when they are all in a row but I need the values in column A to stay in the order they are in, so i can't just paste them in and undo it twice to get back to the same order either.
Any help would be most appreciated!
Hello Ronan,
Here is the fastest way:
 Create a lookup table, where column A contains the codes (i350, etc.) and column B – the words (Apple, etc.).
 Download and install Merge Tables Wizard:
https://www.ablebits.com/excellookuptables/index.php
 Select the main table, run the addin, select the Lookup table.
 Compare 2 tables by columns A.
 Choose this action: Update column B in the main table with the values in column B from the Lookup table.
 15,000 entries with get updated in about 1040 sec.
If the words get changed in the future or if you add new codewords, simply update the Lookup Table and run the addin again.
Thanks a million alexander for your speedy and wonderful reply :)
Any way to make me analyze or view only the column and rows that I have filled rest will be deleted.
Hello Akshay,
Sorry, I do not quite understand your task. Can you, please, explain in more detail?
Hi
Here is my Q.. i have an excel like this
column A
A



B



C
is there any way I can fill the  with A and B respectively in one shot?
after updating
Column1
A
A
A
B
B
B
C
Hello kishor,
Yes, it is possible.
 Select all the cells you want to replace.
 Press Ctrl+F.
 In the "Find what" field, enter "".
 Press the "Find All" button.
 Select the first result in the list.
 Press Ctrl+A to select all cells.
 Press the Close button.
Then see how to fill the selected cells with values above:
https://www.ablebits.com/officeaddinsblog/fillblanksexcel/#fillblanksformula
To copy/paste a couple of lines into multiple worksheets, without overwriting any data, I use the 'copy' & 'Insert Copied cells' option.
The option is removed when I tab to the next worksheet so I have to use copy again. Is there any way to keep using the 'Insert Copied cells' option more than once without having to copy again?
Thanks
As far as I know, it is not possible to change this behavior of Excel.
I have a massive dataset derived from genetic screening, and I need to isolate parts of it based on specific values. This is because I have received separate workbooks that I need to piece together. I know it is possible to use the "advanced filter" option with the formula ="=entry" to filter out the entries that I do not want, however I have so many entries to screen for that editing them one at a time will take me months. Is there a way to edit a column to include this formula without having to retype each entry, so that I can use it for advance filtering??
Hi Vince,
Please see "The fastest way to insert a formula into the entire column" section
https://www.ablebits.com/officeaddinsblog/insertsamedatamultiplecellsexcel/#insertformulaentirecolumn
If it is not what you are looking for, then please send me a sample book to alex@ablebits.com. I will have a look and try to figure out a way.
Hello Alexander
Have you had a chance to look at my problem yet?
kindly help me in it
if column A of Book1 is having numbers 1 to 1oo (like 1 2 3 4 5 etc...)
i want to put this data automatically in another excel sheet called book2 but as mentioned below
A1 of book1 comes A1 of book2 (want three cell gap in every new data)
A2 of book1 comes A5 of book2
A3 of book1 comes A8 of book2 and etc...
Merged cells are of different size
Hi,
If i use CTRL+Enter the same data will be copied to the selected cells. I want merged cells to be auto numbered. Do you have any tips for that.
Hello Mary Victoria,
We do not have any tips for that, I am really sorry.
please respond to the enquiry above "If I use CTRL+Enter it will erase the content of the cell. I need it to be done so the original content remains and the next content goes in front (to the left) of the original content of each selected cell."
i am trying to add '0' to a list of telephone numbers in multiple rows in a column.
Thanks
Hi Louis,
Sorry, I have not written the article yet. Anyway, this is no simple solution.
You can create a helper column, e.g. column F, supposing that column E contains telephone numbers.
To add zeros to all tel numbers, enter the following formula in cell F2:
="0"&E2
If you need to add "0" only to some of the numbers that contain fewer than the specified number of characters, 8 characters in my example (including digits, dashes and any special symbols), use this formula:
=if(len(E2)<8, "0"&E2, E2)
Then copy the values from the Helper column to your main column in this way: select the entire column F, press Ctrl+C, select column D, press Shift+F10 and then V (this is a shortcut for Paste special  Values).
After that remove the helper column.
If you are looking for something different, you can send me a sample of your data at alexander.frolov@ablebits.com and I will try to help.
very simple and easy formula thanks dear
Thank you so much :) this saved lot of time
thanks
Mehnaz, David, thank you for your comments. I'm going to cover this task in my next tip this week. I will add a link here as soon as I publish it.
i need a help to bring many excel sheet value one by one like if 01.10.2016 has columns namely(name ,process ,work itemdone) then the next 02.10.2016 in that excel sheet values to another sheet without change in the source data using formula in excel itself if i not clear let me know i will be more specif about my require
If I use CTRL+Enter it will erase the content of the cell. I need it to be done so the original content remains and the next content goes in front (to the left) of the original content of each selected cell.
Yes i also having same problem pls anybody share the solution
Hi David and jawwad
a very simple way is to use the above cell content then you can easily copy the formula in all the belove cells, then they all get the same value of the first cell and whenever you change the first cell's value they all will change at the same time. TADA! ;)
something like this:
 if your main cell is: C4
 then in the "cell C5", you can write this formula: =C4
 and then copy the "cell C5" into all the below cells
 the formula will change to something like this but they all show the C4's content:
=C5
=C6
=C7
...
@Milad ~ Oh my God, dude thank you SO MUCH! I wanted to solve this simple ass problem for SO long. I just want it to duplicate the damn number in the corresponding horizontal cells and NOBODY could give me an answer to this, haha! Thanks again! =D
Very helpful page how we add /insert 23 more numbers in already
Written numbs for e g 3215436232 is already in colum we want
To add 92 before 3215436232 in whole coloum.