Excel/pasting formulas


Hi Aidan.
I file A, in array A1:E10, all the cells are filled with formulas.
I wish to copy all the formulas "as is" to file B.
How do I do it?

if the formulas refer only to the active sheet, then a simple copy and paste of the entire range to the new workbook will do exactly what you want.  Otherwise, there are two options (probably more, but two relatively easy ones) - I will assume the sheet names remain the same, otherwise you will have problems

(1)  select the entire formula for one of the cells in the formula bar itself and copy (either by right click or ctrl C) and then paste into the formula bar in the target sheet - this method will work, but may take time if you cannot then copy and paste the formulas

(2) copy the formulas and paste into the new book - this will bring a reference to the old book across.  As long as your new book is saved, you can then use the data tab to edit links and select the NEW book as the reference - the "self reference" will then fix the problem.

Finally, you could simply save you original book as the new name and delete everything you don't need.  
About Excel
This topic answers questions related to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (or workbook) stand-alone or Mircrosoft Office Excel including Excel 2003, Excel 2007, Office 2000, and Office XP. You can get Excel help on Excel formulas(or functions), Excell macros, charting in Excel, advanced features, and the general use of Excel. This does not provide a general Excel tutorial nor the basics of using a spreadsheet. It provides specific answers to using Microsoft Excel only. If you do not see your Excel question answered in this area then please ask an Excel question here


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


My background is in the insurance industry and call centre areas, but have been called upon to provide many varied solutions.

I'm educated to UK A level standard, but as I left school some 30 years ago that is rather irrelevent - university of life has provided more of a background!

©2017 About.com. All rights reserved.