Using the "Fill Down" shortcut
Last Monday I re-discovered the fill down shortcut. It's one of the most underrated (and under-used) shortcuts in Excel for Mac. What does it do? It takes the data and/or formula from the active cell, and applies it to the cells in the selected range. Here's how to execute Fill Down:
Step 1: After navigating to the active cell from which you would like to copy data, hold down shift + down arrow to expand the selection range.
Step 2: The “Fill Down” shortcut can be found on the “D” key of your Excel Skin, and can be also identified by the large yellow arrow pointing downwards. Since the text is yellow we must look at the modifier keys and find the corresponding yellow text. The “control” key is the only modifier key with yellow, therefore our shortcut is executed by pressing "control" and "D". ⌃D
The data from the cell above now should be copied into the cell you have selected.
This shortcut saves even more time than the copy-paste shortcuts, and can be lead to a more fluid Microsoft Excel experience. Try the “Fill Down” shortcut in your next spreadsheet and you’ll never stop using it!
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