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I have an Excel sheet with one of the columns having around 25000 entries.

Now, I create a new sheet – say Sheet2 – and I have a simple formula like this in the first column of Sheet2.

I went to the first row and entered


Now I dragged this down to the entire 25000 rows to copy the entire column from the first sheet here through this formula. Is there a better way to do it?

I tried double clicking on the + sign at the bottom right of the cell but that did not seem to work for me.

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Sometimes a task is more suited to a DBMS + SQL, is this one of them? – RedGrittyBrick Oct 11 '11 at 9:36
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If I understood you correctly, you're trying to copy a formula 25,000 rows down. You can use the Name box to do this quickly.

Assuming Sheet2!A1 has the formula =Sheet1!C2

  1. With Sheet2 active, type A25000 into the Name Box and then press Enter. This will select cell A25000.

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  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Up ↑. This selects cells A1 to A25000.

  3. Press Ctrl + D. This extends the formula in A1 down to A25000.

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