Think that Excel math operations always require complex formulas. It’s time to introduce you to a game-changing feature – Excel Paste Special math operations. This powerful tool allows you to perform basic calculations without writing a single formula.
Let’s dive into an example: Imagine you have a list of product prices in Excel, and you’re tasked with increasing all these prices by 5%. The traditional way might involve creating formulas, but with Excel Paste Special math operations, there’s a more streamlined approach:
- Type ‘1.05’ in a blank cell. This ‘1.05’ acts as the multiplier for the 5% price increase.
- Copy this cell.
- Highlight all the prices you wish to update.
- Navigate to ‘Home’ > ‘Clipboard’ > ‘Paste’ > ‘Paste Special’. The ‘Paste Special’ dialog box will appear.
- Select ‘Multiply’, click ‘OK’, and instantly, all the prices are increased by 5%. You can then delete the ‘1.05’ multiplier cell.
This simple tip shows how Excel Paste Special math operations can make your life easier. And remember, ‘Paste Special’ isn’t limited to multiplication – it can perform addition, subtraction, and more, making it a versatile tool for numerous Excel tasks. Optimize your Excel work today with this powerful feature!
This tip is from Microassist instructor Andy Weaver. To learn more about our instructor-led courses, including courses on all levels of Excel, visit our Course List.
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