Excel Formula Pasting - Paste's Value instead of Formula

cheetahlip

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I have a simple spreadsheet set up with data in colums B & C and a simple formula in column D that looks like this: =(C6-B6)/B6

I need to copy this formula down the sheet about 100 rows. Problem is when I try to copy it down, even when I "paste special formulas" it pastes the value from that first cell instead of pasting the formula.

I've been working with this spreadsheet for months now and it's never done this before.

If anyone can help please respond!

Thanks,

Rob

PS> After I paste special 'formulas' and I select one of the cells that has the value from the first cell, I can see it has the correct formula listed on the formula bar, and if I click inside the formula bar, to where I can see the colored boxes pop up on the sheet, and then hit 'enter', the correct formula thentakes over and the cell displays the correct value.
 

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Richard Schollar

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Hi Rob

Do you have calculation turned to automatic? Tools>Options>Calculation tab and ensure Automatic is checked. Hitting F9 should also recalculate the formulas.

Best regards

Richard
 

cheetahlip

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Richard! You're a life saver man, I had no idea that button even existed!!!! I must have accidentally hit F9 earlier!

You da man!!!! You just saved me a ton of time!!! Many thanks! May the wind always be at your back and may the scent of 1000 roses fill your nostrils!!!!!
 

Richard Schollar

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Rob

You are welcome :) F9 doesn't toggle between automatic/manual calculation though - it simply tells Excel to recalculate all open workbooks. Possibly, you may have opened up a workbook initially that somebody had saved down with the calculation set to manual.

Best regards

Richard
 

cheetahlip

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Richard,

It's really weird, because I am the "maker" of that sheet and it has never done that in the past, and I never mess around with those setting. Obviously I am not a 'power user' but I am a 'frequent' user!!

I do really appreciate the help....

Thanks again!
 

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