In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes an easy way to convert formulas to values (Microsoft Excel).
Tame your computer - crafty conversions
In the first tip of this year I wrote how to use the drag and drop technique to move or copy cells. (It's here if you missed it.)
The disadvantage of this method is that the Paste Options button won’t be displayed, so you won’t be able to perform special copy and paste operations “on the fly”, (such as converting columns to rows and rows to columns). That said, it still offers a great trick if you want to paste values, not formulas.
- Select the cell(s) that contain the formula.
- Point to the border of the selection and wait until the mouse pointer appears as a combination upward-pointing arrow and four-headed arrow.
- Press and hold down the right mouse button, drag the cell(s) to the new location and release the mouse button.
- Select Copy Here as Values Only.
5 February 2018