Dragging is a quick and easy way to **create a number sequence in Excel**. But there are scenarios where you might want to create one without dragging the fill handle icon all the way. Or maybe it is your personal preference to not drag altogether. Either way, This article will focus on how to create a number sequence in Excel without dragging.

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## 3 Easy Ways to Create a Number Sequence in Excel Without Dragging

There are a total of three ways we can create a number sequence in Excel without dragging the fill handle icon. We can use the in-built Excel fill series option, which does the same thing as dragging. Also, there are dedicated functions that can both be used to create a sequence and utilized to create one. In addition, we are going to create two number sequences to better understand the processes. First, we are going to create a series of positive integers, then one that starts with 15 and has a step of 15.

### 1. Using Fill Series Feature

In the first method, we are going to demonstrate the fill series feature in Excel. We can use the fill series feature to create a number sequence in Excel without dragging. And you will be amazed at how many kinds of sequences you can create with this feature. But for the demonstration, we are going to create two as mentioned above.

**Example 1: Generating Sequential Numbers**

To create a divergent series, we have to select a linear series with a starting number written in a cell and the ending numbers and steps in the feature. Follow these steps to see how you can use the feature to create the divergent series.

**Steps:**

- First, select cell
**B5**and enter the starting value. In this case, it is 1.

- Now select the cell again.
- Then go to the
**Home**tab on your ribbon. - After that, click on
**Fill**from the**Editing**group. - Next, select
**Series**from the drop-down menu.

- As a result, the
**Series**box will appear. Now select the series orientation in the spreadsheet from the**Series in**We have selected**Columns**as we intend to write the series vertically. - Also, select the type of series you want from the
**Type**As our series is a linear one, we have selected the**Linear**option here. - You also need to select step values and a stop value of the series below these options. Our divergent series has a step value of 1 and let’s say we want to stop at 10. So we have entered these values as shown in the figure.

- Once you are done, click on
**OK**. This will automatically create a number sequence from 1 to 10 in Excel without dragging.

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**Example 2: Generating Multiples of 15 up to 150**

We can also create other types of sequences using the fill series feature without any form of dragging. For the demonstration, we are creating a sequence of multiple of 15 up to 150 here. Follow these steps to see how we can achieve that.

**Steps:**

- First of all, select cell
**B5**and write down the starting number of the sequence.

- Then select the cell again.
- Now go to the
**Home**tab in your ribbon. - After that, select
**Fill**from the**Editing**group. - From the drop-down, select
**Series**.

- Thus, the series box will appear. Now select
**Columns**in the**Series in**options. - Also, select
**Linear**under the**Type**options. - For the
**Step value**, write**15**and enter**150**as the**Stop value**.

- After clicking on
**OK**, this will automatically create the number sequence as intended in the Excel spreadsheet without any dragging.

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### 2. Applying SEQUENCE Function

There is a function in Microsoft Excel dedicated to creating number sequences, called **the SEQUENCE function**. This function takes four arguments- the number of rows, the number of columns, starting value, and the step value. It then returns the number sequence that suits those values.

Usually, this function creates an array in a cell. In case, you want to have each value in a different cell, you need to select a range of cells first and then create an array with the help of this function.

**Example 1: Generating Sequential Numbers**

To create the series of the whole numbers with the help of this function, follow these steps.

**Steps:**

- First of all, select cell
**B5**. - Then write down the following formula.

`=SEQUENCE(10,1,1,1)`

- After that, press
**Enter**.

This will automatically create a number sequence in Excel without dragging.

**Example 2: Generating Multiples of 15 up to 150**

To create the second series with the help of the **SEQUENCE **function, follow these steps.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select cell
**B5**. - Secondly, write down the following formula in the cell.

`=SEQUENCE(10,1,15,15)`

- Finally, press
**Enter**.

This will create a number sequence consisting of multiples of 15 in the Excel spreadsheet without any form of dragging.

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### 3. Utilizing ROW Function to Create a Number Sequence

Identically, there is another function in Excel called **the ROW function** which can also create a number sequence. Although the function doesn’t serve this particular purpose, we can use formulas with the function that can help us create a number sequence in Excel without dragging the fill handle icon bar. But unfortunately, this function is only limited to creating linear series.

The **ROW **function can take a reference cell as an argument and returns the row number of the cell. It can also work without any arguments. In that case, it returns the row number of the cell the function is in.

Although you don’t need to drag the fill handle icon bar with the help of this function, you need to select cells first. To create the two types of sequences, the formula needs to be approached in two different ways.

**Example 1: Generating Sequential Numbers**

For the first type of sequence, follow these steps.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the range (
**B5:B14**) where you want to put the sequence in.

- Now write down the following formula while the range is still selected.

`=ROW()-4`

- Then press
**Ctrl+Enter**on your keyboard.

As we are starting from the fifth row, we have deducted 4 from each row position here.

This will create the same number sequence in Excel, but with the help of the **ROW **function.

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**Example 2: Generating Multiples of 15 up to 150**

Generating the second type of series with the help of this function can be a bit tricky. Nevertheless, follow these steps for the formula and how to use the function to create the desired series in Excel without dragging.

**Steps:**

- First, select the range where you want to put the sequence in.

- Second, write down the following formula while the range is still selected.

`=15+(ROW()-5)*15`

**Breakdown of the Formula**

**15+(ROW()-5)*15**

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**ROW() **returns the current row number of the cell. In this case, it will be 5.

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The first 15 in the formula is the starting number and the second 15 is the step.

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The **(ROW()-5) **portion of the formula counts the step of the series.

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And finally, **15+(ROW()-5)*15 **returns each number of the sequence based on its position.

- Finally, press
**Ctrl+Enter**on your keyboard.

This, too, will create the number sequence in Excel without dragging the fill handle icon.

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## Conclusion

These were all the methods you can try to create a number sequence in Excel without dragging the fill handle icon. Hopefully, you can create your desired sequence with ease now. I hope you found this guide helpful and informative. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comments below.

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