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How to Insert Copied Cells in Excel?

Microsoft Excel provides many useful features that people use in almost every office. 

In this article, you can learn about how to insert copied cells in Excel, whether it is of row or column, even without overwriting existing cells.

Due to its many features, even inserting copied cells are complex, especially for beginners. Inserting the copied cells in Excel is easy but differs on phones and computers.

You don’t need to worry about it. These simple steps can be helpful for you to insert your copied cell using a mouse and shortcuts.

How to Insert your Copied Cells in Excel? 

If you follow the steps below, you’ll find it easy to insert copied cells in Excel. But it would be best if you were careful while doing it as you may replace some of your important data while inserting. 

For Windows

Most of the new devices have the 2013 version. Inserting Copied Cells options may differ according to the version of Windows.

Insert Copied Cells (For Rows and Columns)

  1. Open up your Excel spreadsheet

2. Select and drag the cells you want to copy. You can either press Ctrl+C or right-click and click on Copy.

Select Drag Right Click Copy Excel

3. Select and drag the exact amount of cells you want to insert. Then, right-click there and select Insert Copied Cells.

Select Drag Right Click Insert Copied Cells Excel

4. An information box will appear. Select Shift cells right to shift the selected cell right or Shift cells down to shift the selected cell down.

Shift Cells Right Shift Cells Down Excel

You can also Insert your whole copied cell column or rows. For that, 

  1. Open up your Excel spreadsheet
  2. Click on the head of the column cell or row cell you want to copy. Press Ctrl+C or right-click and click Copy.

Click Head Column Row Copy Excel

3. Now select the head cell you want to insert your copied cell. Right-click and click on Insert Copied Cells

Select Head Cell Insert Copied Cells Excel

Quick tip: The above steps work on single cells too. You need to select a single cell instead of many cells. The rest of the procedure is the same.

Insert Cut Cells

Just as you can copy and insert your cells, you can insert your cut cells too. Follow these steps to do so.

  1. Open up your Excel spreadsheet
  2. Select the cells you want to copy. You can either press Ctrl+X or right-click and click on Cut.

Select Drag Right Click Cut Excel

3. Select the exact amount of cells you want to insert. Then, right click there and click on the Insert Cut Cells option.

Select Drag Right Click Insert Cut Cells Excel

Quick tip: Above steps work for a single cell, a row of cells, or a column of cells, as you did in Inserting Copied Cells. Just need to Cut instead of Copy. 

Note: Inserting Copied and Cut Cells will not overwrite your previous data. It’ll shift your previous cells. However, if you copy and paste your cells, it’ll replace your previous cells with new one.

For Android

Using Excel on Android is not an easy task. Most people prefer to use it in Windows. But you can insert your copied cells in Android Excel as well. To do so, 

1. Open up Excel app on your Android.

Android App Excel

2. Tap and drag cells you want to copy. A menu bar will appear. Tap on the two-copy icon next to the scissor icon. 

Tap Drag Tap Two Copies Icon Excel

3. Select the column or row head you want to insert your copied cells. You’ll see a menu bar. Tap on Insert Copied Cells.

Column Row Head Insert Copied Cells Excel

4. Your cells will copy to that position and the cells of that position will move right.

Cell Shift Right Excel

Why Can’t I See Insert Copied Cells Option?

Usually, you have the option for Insert Copied Cells in Excel. Remember once whether you’ve forgotten to copy the cells.

If not, then there is an AutoFilter option to look after.

  1. Open up your Excel. 
  2. Select your cells. Select Data at the top menu bar.
  3. Then click on Filter, and you’ll see an arrow next to your selected cells. 

Select Cells Data Filter Arrow Excel

3. Click on it and check on the Select All option if there isn’t a check.

Check Select All Ok Excel

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does the Insert Option Do?

The Insert option just inserts a row or column in any direction you need. You can use this option to add new row or column in up or down or left or right.

Does Insert Copied Cell Overwrite My Data?

No. As mentioned above, this option will shift your previous data in a new cells and insert your copied data into a existing cells. Generally, this option is precisely used for this very purpose.

Why Can’t I Paste a Single Cell in the Merged Cell?

Excel does not allow any further editing in Merged cells. If you try to copy and paste in the merged cell, it’ll unmerge your cell.

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