I'm using Microsoft Excel 2021

I wish to be able to drag the cells in a column down in increments of 22 for example I typed in this in a column


and ideally, when I drag this it turns into


However, what I get after highlighting the two cells and dragging is this


Please help in what I can do as I do not wish to go through every cell.

  • 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.
    – Community Bot
    Dec 4, 2023 at 7:32
  • I have L25 and L47 in two cells. =L25 on top and =L47 at the bottom. When I drag them downwards after highlighting the two values, I get in order, L25 L47 L27 L49 L29. That is not what I want. What I want is if I drag the two, I get in order, L25 L47 L69 L91 L113. Basically, I do not wish to go through every cell, remove the values after L, and type in the value I want. That is too tedious Dec 4, 2023 at 7:39
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    – harrymc
    Dec 4, 2023 at 8:30
  • I have L25 and L47 in two cells. =L25 on top and =L47 at the bottom. Please be more precise - L25 is not the same thing as =L25.
    – Paul
    Dec 4, 2023 at 16:22

2 Answers 2


There is a difference if you have formulas in your cells: =L25, =L47, etc. or text constants L25, L47, etc.
In the first case, when dragging, you will get the order: =L25, =L47, =L27, =L49, =L29, =L51
In the second case, the order will be: L25, L47, L69, L91, ...

  • Knowing this, one can use a workaround: 1. create the formula as a string using a quote sign at the beginning '=L25 and '=L47 2. drag to auto-fill the column 3. copy the whole column to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) 4. paste everything into a text-editor (like notepad) 5. Copy again from the text-editor (this removes the formatting as string) 6. paste into excel an the text will be formulas again.
    – Falco
    Dec 5, 2023 at 10:40
  • If you want we could add this to your answer as a solution to the immediate problem.
    – Falco
    Dec 5, 2023 at 10:41
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    Instead of using external text editor you can use internal Office clipboard (not standard Windows clipboard).
    – MGonet
    Dec 5, 2023 at 11:28

I tried the method you described and had no issue getting the sequence you need. I selected both cells, dragged down, and got L69, L91...

An alternative is to do it with a formula. Assuming you have "L25" in cell A1, writing the following formula in A2 and drag A2 down:

="L"&(RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)-1)+22)

Another alternative is to write the following formula in any cell:

="L" & SEQUENCE(100, 1, 25, 22)


  • 100 is the number of lines/iterations you need
  • 1 is the number of column
  • 25 is the starting number (i.e. L25)
  • 22 is the increment, i.e. the number added to the starting number at each iteration

Please note this will create an array formula (see the related MS documentation)

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