Tuesday, August 22, 2023

How to Create a Series in Microsoft Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft Excel
Are you tired of manually entering data into your Excel spreadsheets? 

Do you want to save time and effort by automating the process of creating a series of numbers, days of the month, or days of the week? 

Here's a Cool Tip:  Let Excel create the series for you.

Creating a series in Excel is a simple and straightforward process. 

Here's how to do it:
  • Ensure Excel’s AutoFill Options is turned on by going to File > Options > Advanced and checking the box next to Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop

Microsoft Excel Fill Handle Setting
fig. 1 - Excel Fill Handle Setting
  • Select the cell where you want to start your series.
  • Type the first few value of your series.
  • Select the fill handle at the bottom right corner of the selected cell.
  • Drag the fill handle in the direction you want to extend your series.
  • Release the mouse button to create your series.
For example, if you want to create a series of numbers from 1 to 10, you would type 1 into the first cell and 2 into the second cell, select the fill handle, and drag it down until you reach 10.  

Microsoft Excel Series
fig. 2 - Microsoft Excel Series

Excel will automatically fill in the rest of the numbers for you.

You can also create a series of dates or days of the week by following the same steps. 

Simply type the first month or day into the first cell, select the fill handle, and drag it down or across to create your series.

Save time and effort when entering data into your spreadsheets!


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