A blank cell has no content in it. So, it’s obvious that you might not want to copy a blank cell. Rather, you may want to copy the contents of the adjacent cell having meaningful contents. In this tutorial, you will learn 3 methods to check if a cell is blank then copy another cell in Excel with ease.

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## 3 Methods to Copy Another Cell If a Cell Is Blank in Excel

### 1. Use IF Function to Copy Another Cell If a Cell Is Blank

We want the** Employee IDs** to be copied to the **Output **column. If any of the **Employee IDs **are missing, then we will copy the **Passport IDs **to the **Output **column.

Now follow the steps below to do that.

❶ First click on the top cell of the **Output **column.

❷ After that insert the following formula of **IF function** in that cell.

`=IF(B5="",C5,B5)`

In this formula,

**B5=””**checks whether the top cell of the**Employee ID**column i.e. cell**B5**is blank or not.**C5**denotes the cell to copy if cell**B5**is blank.**B5**will be copied if**B5**is not blank.

❸ After that hit the **ENTER **button.

Now it’s time to copy the above formula to the rest of the cells of the **Output **column. To do so,

❹ Put your mouse cursor to the right-bottom corner of cell **C5**.

A small plus icon called the **Fill Handle** will appear.

❺ Double click on the **Fill Handle** icon or just drag it to the end of the **Output **column.

Now you will see the **Employee IDs **are copied to the **Output **column. Where the **Employee IDs **are missing, the **Passport IDs **have been copied instead.

**Read More: How to Find Blank Cells in Excel (8 Easy Ways)**

### 2. Combine IF and ISBLANK Functions to Copy Another Cell If a Cell Is Blank

In this method, we will write a formula combining the **IF **and the **ISBLANK function** to check if a cell is blank or not. If the cell is blank, the formula will copy the cell content of the right-next cell.

To do that,

❶ First of all, click on the topmost cell of the **Output **column.

❷ After that, insert the following formula in that cell.

`=IF(ISBLANK(B5),C5,B5)`

Where,

**ISBLANK(B5)**checks whether cell**B5**is blank or not.**C5**is the cell reference, from where the formula copies data if cell**B5**is blank.**B5**refers If cell**B5**is not blank, the formula will copy data from cell**B5**.

❸ Now press the **ENTER **button to execute the formula.

❹ Place the mouse cursor to the right-bottom corner of the topmost cell of the **Output **column.

A small plus icon will appear.

❺ Double click on the plus icon or simply drag down the plus icon to the end of the **Output **column.

Now you will see the **Employee IDs **in the **Output **column. If any **Employee ID **is missing, the corresponding **Passport ID **will appear in the **Output **column.

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### 3. Use Excel VBA Script to Check If a Cell Is Blank, then Copy Next Cell

In the following dataset, there are two columns. One is **Employee ID **and the other is **Passport ID**.

Now we will write a **Visual Basic **script that will check if any of the cells of the **Employee ID **is blank. If it’s blank then the script will copy data from the adjacent cell to fill it up.

To do that,

❶ Press** ALT + F11** keys to open the **VBA **editor.

❷ Create a new module from **Insert > Module.**

❸ Copy the following VBA code.

```
Sub FillTheBlanks()
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim x As Range
For Each x In Range("B5:B" & Cells(Rows.Count, "B").End(xlUp).Row)
If x.Value = "" Then x.Value = x.Offset(, 1).Value
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
```

❹ Paste and save the above code in the VBA editor.

❺ Now hit the **F5 **key from your keyboard to run the VBA code.

After pressing the **F5 **key, you will see the blanks cells of the **Employee ID **column are filled will the data from the adjacent cells of the **Output **column.

**Read More:**** Excel VBA: Find the Next Empty Cell in Range (4 Examples)**

## Things to Remember

- To open the VBA editor, press
**ALT + F11**keys together. - Press
**F5**to run the VBA codes.

## Conclusion

To sum up, we have discussed 3 methods to check if a cell is blank then copy another cell in Excel. You are recommended to download the practice workbook attached along with this article and practice all the methods with that. And don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section below. We will try to respond to all the relevant queries asap. And please visit our website **Exceldemy** to explore more.