How to Repeat Formula Pattern in Excel (Easiest 8 ways)

In Excel, it’s very handy to repeat a formula pattern to calculate a large set of data. If you want to fill formulas in every cell it will become very tedious and time-consuming work.

If you are looking for the easiest ways to repeat formula patterns in Excel then you are in the right place. Let’s get into the main article.

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8 Ways to Repeat Formula Pattern in Excel

In the following dataset, I have 8 columns and 9 rows. Here I have some empty cells where I will repeat formula patterns in various ways to fill up the cells easily. I will explain different ways by taking these empty cells as an example.

Dataset of repeat formula pattern in Excel

Method-1: Using Autofill

Here, in the Date column, I have two dates with a gap of one week in the first two rows and the date format is mm-dd-yyyy. Suppose I want to fill up the other cells in this pattern of date with a gap of one week.

autofill

Step-01: To do this, I have to select the first two cells of the Date column and after hovering the mouse around the end of the second cell a plus sign like below will appear. You have to just drag it down.

autofill

Step-02: In this way the rest of the cells will be filled up by using this pattern of dates.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

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Method-2: Using Flash Fill Feature to Repeat Pattern

Suppose I have to add the First Name and the Last Name in the Full Name column. So, I have written the first name and last name of a person in the first row of the Full Name column.

flash feature

Step-01: Then I will start typing in the second cell as below and after that, the following suggestions will appear. This is called the Flash Fill feature of Excel.  After that, you have to press ENTER.

flashfill

Step-02: Then like the following figure the names will be automatically filled using the given pattern.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

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Method-3: Repeating a Formula by Dragging and Double Clicking

Step-01: Here, I have typed a formula in E4 and I want to use this formula in other empty cells with their respective data. To do this I have to just select E4 and drag down the Plus sign all the way over the empty cells. You can also do this by double-clicking on the Plus sign.

Drag+double click

Step-02: In this way, the following table will be formed.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

Method-4: Copying and Pasting a Formula to Repeat Pattern

Step-01: Here, I have typed a formula in E4 and I want to use this formula in other empty cells with their respective values. To do this I have to select E4 and press CTRL+C and then select the empty cells and press CTRL+V

copy and paste a formula pattern

Step-02: In this way, the other empty cells will be filled up with the formula pattern as below.

repeat formula pattern in Excel


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Method-5: Using Power Query to Repeat Pattern

Step-01: Here, I want to complete the Total Income column by typing the formula only once. To do this you have to select as following Data Tab >> From Table/Range

creating table

Step-02: Then Create Table Dialog Box will appear. Then you have to select the whole range and click on the My table has headers option and press OK.

create table dialog box

Step-03: Then Power Query Editor will appear and then you have to just type the formula in E4 as below and press ENTER.

Power Query editor

Step-04: In this way automatically the formula pattern will be repeated in all of the empty cells.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

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Method-6: Entering a Formula to Multiple Cells

Step-01: At first, you have to select all of the cells where you want to use the formula and then start typing the formula in any of the cells and then press CTRL+ENTER.

entering formula to multiple cells

Step-02: After that, the remaining cells will be filled up with the formula.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

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Method-7: Repeating Formula Pattern Using INDIRECT Function

Suppose you have the following dataset where you have a column named Working hour and another column named Income per hour where only the first 3 cells have value.
You have to multiply the first 3 cells of the Working hour with the first 3 cells of Income per hour respectively.
You have to continue the process repeatedly, which means multiplying C7, C8, C9  of  Working hour with the first 3 cells of Income per hour respectively.
And this repetition will be continued .

repeating pattern

Step-01: At first you have to write the formulas in E4, E5, E6 respectively. Here INDIRECT Function has been used.

=C4*INDIRECT("D4",TRUE)

=C5*INDIRECT("D5",TRUE)

=C6*INDIRECT("D6",TRUE)

After entering the functions the first 3 cells of Total Income will give values and then you have to just select the first 3 cells and drag the Plus sign down as below.

Indirect function

Step-02: Now, the rest of the empty cells will be filled with this repeated formula pattern.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

Method-8: Using SEQUENCE Function to Repeat Pattern

Step-01 : In the  ID column I want to fill up the cells with IDs by using the SEQUENCE function.

=SEQUENCE(rows,columns,start,step)

Here, rows=8, columns=1, start=121001, step=2

=SEQUENCE(8,1,121001,2)

SEQUENCE function

Step-02: After entering the function the following table will appear.

repeat formula pattern in Excel

Conclusion

In this article, I tried to cover the easiest ways of repeating formula patterns in Excel. Hope this article will help you a lot. If you have any further ideas related to this topic then you can share them with us. You can ask any question here. Thank you.


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Tanjima Hossain

Tanjima Hossain

Hello everyone, This is Tanjima Hossain. I have completed my graduation from BUET. Then I have started working as a technical writer in SOFTEKO. I have grown interest in technical content writing, research topics, numerical analysis related field and so I am here. Besides this I love to interact with different people and I love to spend my spare time by reading, gardening ,cooking etc.

2 Comments
  1. I’ve been looking for those SEQUENCE and INDIRECT operations for years thinking they had to exist but not knowing what they were and how to find them. I appreciate you making this page!

    • Hello Dan,
      Thank you so much for your appreciation. Hope you will be benefitted more by staying with our Exceldemy site.

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