Several more options are available if you use your right mouse button when autofilling in Excel.
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Most of us are familiar with the Autofill button that exists at the bottom right corner of any cell:
Clicking on that with your LEFT mouse button and dragging it down can do several things like copying the entry in the cell above, or continuing on with a series of days or dates as in the following examples.
Would become this:
Notice how the days or months or dates are continued automatically when dragged down. Even a simple number can have a continued series. But what if you clicked with your RIGHT mouse button and dragged any one of these down? Let’s try the date:
Notice the menu that appears. And because it was a date, Excel activates the date relevant options such as:
Fill Days – this will generate a list of every day
Fill Weekdays – this will generate each day, but skip the two weekend days
Fill Months – this will generate 1/1/2014, 2/1/2014, 3/1/2014, etc…
Fill Years – this will generate 1/1/2014, 1/1/2015, 1/1/2016, etc…
Now, if we did the same with the number and selected the “Series” option at the bottom:
More options appear:
The Linear option will increase the number in a series based on the Step value indicated. For example, if we put a 3 in the Step value, you would get 5,8,11,14,17,etc…
Growth with a 3 in the Step value would produce 5,15,45,135,405,etc…
Try different options and see what results you get. Drop me a comment with how you can use this in your personal or business life.