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Quickly Duplicating Drawing Objects

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Quickly Duplicating Drawing Objects.

You probably know that you can copy drawing objects using the familiar copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) commands. You may not know that there are other ways—quicker ways—that you can accomplish the same task.

The first method simply entails selecting the object and pressing Ctrl+D. That's it; the object is duplicated. In addition, if you hold down the shortcut key for a few seconds, the "autorepeat" feature of your keyboard will kick in and you can duplicate the object a zillion times in short order. Once duplicated, you can move the new objects where ever you need them in your worksheet.

If you prefer to use the mouse, you can duplicate objects by holding down the Ctrl key as you click an drag the object you want to duplicate. When you release the mouse button, the object is duplicated at the point where you released the button.

Another benefit of both of these approaches is that you don't need to use the Clipboard. That means you won't disturb anything you previously copied to the Clipboard. These techniques work equally well for ClipArt, WordArt, and AutoShapes, as well as text boxes.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2481) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Quickly Duplicating Drawing Objects.

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Thomas Papavasikiou    17 Jan 2016, 03:22
Another advantage of duplicating with Ctrl + D, is the repetition of the relative to the original position of the duplicated object.
If the first duplicated object is moved, the second duplicated object is also moved accordingly. In other words Ctrl + D, repeats also the relative to the previous object position.
To make it obvious, create an object and duplicate it. Excel places the duplicated object to a position that the user has no control. Using the mouse align the duplicated object with the original As this moved duplicated object is selected, use Ctrl + D again. The new duplicated object is also aligned with the previous.

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