In Excel, you can drag and insert a copy of cells or ranges using the following steps:

Method 1: Drag and Insert Copy

  1. Select the cells you want to copy:
    • Click and drag to select the cells or range of cells you want to copy.
  2. Move the cursor to the border of the selected cells:
    • Once you have selected the cells, move your cursor to the border of the selected area. The cursor will change to a 4-sided arrow.
  3. Hold down the Ctrl key:
    • While holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, drag the selected cells to the desired location within the same sheet or to another sheet.
  4. Release the mouse button and Ctrl key:
    • Release the mouse button and the Ctrl key to drop the copied cells in the new location.

This method is similar to dragging and copying, but with the Ctrl key held down, it inserts a copy of the selected cells rather than moving them.

Method 2: Copy and Paste Special

  1. Select the cells you want to copy:
    • Click and drag to select the cells or range of cells you want to copy.
  2. Right-click on the selected cells:
    • Right-click on the selected cells and choose “Copy” from the context menu.
  3. Navigate to the destination:
    • Move the cursor to the destination where you want to paste the copied cells.
  4. Right-click at the destination:
    • Right-click at the destination and choose “Paste Special” from the context menu.
  5. In the “Paste Special” dialog box:
    • In the “Paste Special” dialog box, choose “Values” or any other desired option, and click “OK”.

Method 3: Use the Copy and Insert Options in Ribbon

  1. Select the cells you want to copy:
    • Click and drag to select the cells or range of cells you want to copy.
  2. Go to the “Home” tab:
    • Navigate to the “Home” tab on the ribbon.
  3. Click “Copy” in the “Clipboard” group:
    • Click the “Copy” button in the “Clipboard” group.
  4. Move to the destination:
    • Move the cursor to the destination where you want to insert the copied cells.
  5. Click “Insert” in the ribbon:
    • In the “Home” tab, click on “Insert” in the “Cells” group.

Choose the method that suits your workflow or preference. The first method (drag and insert with Ctrl key) is often the quickest for many users.

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