The regular way of doing this is:

Enter 1 in cell A1. Enter 2 in cell A2. Select both the cells and drag it down using the fill handle.

Sometimes it may get a bit irritating to drag the fill handle to the last cell which can be many folds below the current cell. In this tutorial, I’ll show you a faster way to fill numbers in cells without any dragging.

Quickly Fill Numbers in Cells without Dragging

Here are the steps:

Enter 1 in cell A1. Go to Home –> Editing –> Fill –> Series. In the Series dialogue box, make the following selections: Series in: Columns Type: Linear Step Value: 1 Stop Value: 1000 Click OK.

This will fill the cell A1:A1000 with the numbers 1 to 1000. Notes:

If you want to fill the numbers in the row instead of the column, select ‘Rows’ in the ‘Series in’ options. If you want to start from a number other than 1, fill that number in cell A1. Also, you can choose a different step. For example, select 2 for getting all numbers with a difference of 2.

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