Fill without formatting in MS Excel

When you use the AutoFill handle in Excel, as well as copying your formula it also copies your formatting.

In the example shown here, the worksheet was already formatted with a border around the table. When you use the AutoFill handle to replicate the formula in cell C3 down through range C4 to C11, a little symbol shows when you leave go of the mouse. If you ignore this symbol and move to a different cell, you will find that the bottom border in cell C11 is no longer there.

If however, you open up the dropdown next to the symbol, you will find you have three options:

If you select the third of these options, Fill Without Formatting, the border will remain and your formula will be correctly copied down.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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4 Responses to Fill without formatting in MS Excel

  1. D. Mitchell says:

    Is there a way to set the default to fill without formatting?

  2. jdonbavand says:

    Not without the use of a macro. If you drag with your right mouse button, instead of your left, as you leave go, you will be given options as to whether you want to fill without formatting though.

  3. Heather says:

    I speculate the reason why you labeled this blog, “Fill without formatting in MS Excel | ifonlyidknownthat”.

    In any event I really loved the article!Many thanks,Beatriz

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