Using Drag and Drop in Excel 2007

Drag and drop is a mouse technique that you can use in Office Excel 2007 to pick up a cell selection and drop it into a new place on the worksheet. Although drag and drop is primarily a technique for moving cell entries around a worksheet, you can also adapt it to copy a cell selection.

1

Select a cell range.

This method works with both a single cell and a contiguous range of cells.

2

Position the mouse pointer on one edge of the extended cell cursor that surrounds the cell range.

Your signal that you can start dragging the cell range to its new position in the worksheet is when the pointer changes to a white arrow attached to a smaller, four-headed black arrow.

3

Drag your selection to its destination.

Drag your selection by holding down the mouse button while moving the mouse. Drag the outline until it’s positioned on the new cells in the worksheet where you want the entries to appear.

4

Release the mouse button.

The cell entries within that range reappear in the new location as soon as you release the mouse button.

If you want to copy a cell range instead of dragging and dropping one, all you need to do is hold down the Ctrl key as you drag the selected range. When you point to an edge of the selected range you want to copy, the pointer changes to a white arrow with a small black plus sign. A duplicate of the selection appears in the destination location when you release the mouse button.

If, when using drag and drop to move or copy cells, you position the outline of the selection so that it overlaps any cells that already contain entries, Excel displays an alert box with the following question: Do you want to replace contents of the destination cells? To avoid replacing existing entries and to abort the entire drag-and-drop mission, click the Cancel button in this alert box. Otherwise, click OK.

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