# Copy Formula Across A Row

#### gsmitchell

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Hello all! I have searched here and elsewhere, and can not find a solution to what seems like a very simple problem. I have a formula in a cell, and need to drag it across the row and have it increment. The formula is =A1, and when I drag it across the row I want it to show =A2, =A3, =A4, etc. When I try to just drag it, I get =B1, =C1, =D1, etc. Anyone have a simple solution to this? Or a tool that can do this (ASAP, ExTools, etc.)? Thanks for any suggestions!

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Hello all! I have searched here and elsewhere, and can not find a solution to what seems like a very simple problem. I have a formula in a cell, and need to drag it across the row and have it increment. The formula is =A1, and when I drag it across the row I want it to show =A2, =A3, =A4, etc. When I try to just drag it, I get =B1, =C1, =D1, etc. Anyone have a simple solution to this? Or a tool that can do this (ASAP, ExTools, etc.)? Thanks for any suggestions!

You have to make the A absoluete: =\$A1
But it will still only be A1 because it is relative to the first row. You would have to drag it down the column to get it to be =A1, =A2, etc.

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You have to make the A absoluete: =\$A1
JLG, thanks for that suggestion! I actually tried that and it did not work. Interestingly enough, what that does is copies =\$A1 to each cell to the right. Neat to know it does that, but not quite what I was trying to accomplish. Thanks!

Try

=INDEX(\$A:\$A,COLUMNS(\$A1:A1))

Try

=INDEX(\$A:\$A,COLUMNS(\$A1:A1))

Jonmo1! Winner! That works perfectly, and can be dragged out to the right! Exactly what I needed, thanks!

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