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.
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.
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.
Step-02: In this way the rest of the cells will be filled up by using this pattern of dates.
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.
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.
Step-02: Then like the following figure the names will be automatically filled using the given pattern.
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.
Step-02: In this way, the following table will be formed.
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
Step-02: In this way, the other empty cells will be filled up with the formula pattern as below.
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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
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.
Step-03: Then Power Query Editor will appear and then you have to just type the formula in E4 as below and press ENTER.
Step-04: In this way automatically the formula pattern will be repeated in all of the empty cells.
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.
Step-02: After that, the remaining cells will be filled up with the formula.
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 .
Step-01: At first you have to write the formulas in E4, E5, E6 respectively. Here INDIRECT Function has been used.
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.
Step-02: Now, the rest of the empty cells will be filled with this repeated formula pattern.
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.
Here, rows=8, columns=1, start=121001, step=2
Step-02: After entering the function the following table will appear.
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.