Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Creating a Copy without Formulas.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 17, 2016)
John knows how to create a copy of a worksheet, but he needs to create a copy that uses only static values, not values based on formulas. He wonders if there is a quick way to make a copy (perhaps with a macro) that maintains all formatting and column widths, but has all formulas replaced with their results. For the work John does this would be very helpful in sending out worksheets to individuals outside his organization.
This task is rather easy to accomplish, with or without a macro. If you want to do it without a macro, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Move or Copy dialog box.
That's it. Your newly created worksheet doesn't contain any formulas, only the results of the formulas in the original worksheet. If you prefer to use a macro-based approach, it only takes a few lines of code:
Sub CopyWorksheetValues() ActiveSheet.Copy Cells.Copy Range("A1").PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteValues Application.CutCopyMode = False End Sub
Of course, if you want to distribute only the results of your worksheet, you might consider simply printing a PDF file and then distributing it. The added benefit is that your recipients don't need to have Excel to view it. The downside is that if your worksheet is very large, a PDF file can be rather unwieldy.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12382) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Creating a Copy without Formulas.
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