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: Turning Off AutoFill.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 17, 2020)
The AutoFill feature of Excel is a great timesaver when you need to fill in a series of cells based on the content in other cells. It is also a feature that you can turn off, if you prefer. (For instance, the AutoFill handle visible at the bottom-right corner of a selection may be distracting to you, and you want to turn it off.)
To turn off AutoFill, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Edit tab of the Options dialog box.
Besides turning off AutoFill, the above steps also turn off the ability to drag the contents of a cell from one location to another.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2958) 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: Turning Off AutoFill.
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