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Creating a Copy without Formulas in Excel

Excel is a powerful tool that allows users to perform complex calculations, create charts and graphs, and analyze data. One of the most useful features of Excel is the ability to use formulas to perform calculations. However, sometimes you may want to create a copy of a worksheet without the formulas. This can be useful if you want to share the data with someone who doesn’t need to see the formulas, or if you want to create a template that others can use without accidentally changing the formulas.

Copying a Worksheet without Formulas

To create a copy of a worksheet without the formulas, you can use the “Paste Values” feature in Excel. This feature allows you to copy the values in the cells without copying the formulas. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Select the Cells

First, select the cells that you want to copy. You can do this by clicking and dragging your mouse over the cells, or by clicking on the first cell and then holding down the Shift key while clicking on the last cell.

Step 2: Copy the Cells

Next, right-click on the selected cells and choose “Copy” from the menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Mac) to copy the cells.

Step 3: Paste the Values

Now, right-click on the cell where you want to paste the values and choose “Paste Values” from the menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+V (Windows) or Command+Option+V (Mac) to open the “Paste Special” dialog box. Then, choose “Values” from the list and click “OK”.

Using a Shortcut to Paste Values

If you frequently need to copy and paste values in Excel, you can create a shortcut to make the process faster. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the “Quick Access Toolbar” Options

First, click on the down arrow next to the Quick Access Toolbar (located at the top left corner of the Excel window) and choose “More Commands”.

Step 2: Choose “Paste Values” from the List

In the “Excel Options” dialog box, choose “All Commands” from the “Choose commands from” drop-down list. Then, scroll down and select “Paste Values”. Click on the “Add” button to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Step 3: Use the Shortcut to Paste Values

Now, whenever you want to paste values in Excel, simply select the cells you want to copy, press Ctrl+C to copy them, and then press the “Paste Values” button on the Quick Access Toolbar (or use the keyboard shortcut you assigned to it).


Copying a worksheet without formulas in Excel is a simple process that can save you time and prevent errors. By using the “Paste Values” feature or creating a shortcut to it, you can quickly copy and paste values without worrying about accidentally changing the formulas. Try it out the next time you need to share data or create a template in Excel!


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