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Tip 54: Automatically Filling a Range with a Series

If you need to fill a range with a series of values, one approach is to enter the first value, write a formula to calculate the next value, and copy the formula. For example, Figure 54-1 shows a series of consecutive numbers in column A. Cell A1 contains the value 1, and cell A2 contains this formula, which was copied down the column:

`=A1+1`

Figure 54-1: Excel offers an easy way to generate a series of values like these.

Another approach is to let Excel do the work by using the handy AutoFill feature:

1. Enter 1 into cell A1.

2. Enter 2 into cell A2.

3. Select A1:A2.

4. Move the mouse cursor to the lower-right corner of cell A2 (the cell’s fill handle), and when the mouse pointer turns into a black plus sign, drag down the column to fill in the cells.

You can turn this behavior on and off. If cells don’t have a fill handle, choose File⇒Options and click the Advanced...