# Autofill without changing format

Is there a way to Autofill a series of cells without changing the formatting of those cells? Specifically, I want to Autofill without changing the background colors of the cells. In Excel, you right drag the handle for the cells you want to fill, and when you release the click, you are given the option of filling without formatting. That doesn't work in Calc.

Here's one way: Say we want to fill A1 into A2 though A17. Highlight A1 through A17, then Edit, Copy to save the formatting. Select A1 and drag the fill handle to A17. The formatting is lost but you can use Edit, Paste Special, uncheck all Selection options except Formats, OK and it will be restored. Hopefully someone has a more elegant way to do this.

The answer is from 2010 which works for me but is a bit annoying since it involves several steps. My question is, if there is a better, more elegant solution in 2018.

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SheetFill CellsSeries... is one way.

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