Where to find Allow Cell Drag and Drop option in Excel 2010?

by Ankur Jain on August 4, 2010

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Sometime back while working on excel 2010, it seems by mistake I disabled the option to use “cell drag and drop”. This feature allows you to drag the mouse and copy cells. If this option is disabled, your mouse pointer will never change to move pointer on selecting a particular cell.

Ok, here is what I mean. In the illustration shown below, mouse pointer is getting changed to move pointer as soon as I bring it to the edge of a cell.


There is some info available on the net for Excel 2003 and the earlier versions ie  by going to Tools > Options > Edit and checking “Allow cell drag and drop”, you can enable this option but there is no information regarding the same for Excel 2007 and Excel 2010. So how can you enable this option in 2010?

  1. Go to File > Options > Advanced > Enable file handle and cell drag-and-drop
  2. Check this box.
  3. Click OK and you’re done

I wish there was some “mapping file” available from Microsoft for mapping excel 2003 and earlier versions navigation to excel 2007/2010. It could save us a lot of time.

aimee w August 5, 2010 at 3:50 AM


I know that there’s a mapping app, from Microsoft, for telling people used to 2203 how to get to Office features in 2007.
The Excel one lives here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/interactive-excel-2003-to-excel-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010149151.aspx

Ankur August 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

@aimee – Thanks for the link. Bookmarked.

Thanks August 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

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Joice September 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

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Shashikant June 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Thanks a lot. its works

Laxmidhar Panigrahi June 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

you can enable this option but there is no information regarding the same for Excel 2007

Follow the Below steps
1. Click on Office Button which is at Left top corner of Excel sheet
2. Click on ‘Excel Option’ >> Advanced
3. Check the ‘Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop’ checkbox
4. Press OK

Sunil Bankar June 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Hey Thanx a Lot…..Its Works..

Senthil August 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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Manjunath July 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM


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Nandagopal R R August 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM

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Kedar September 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

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I was searching it for so many days..

Thanks Again..


Nooram September 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Hey Thanks Mate ..

this really helped :)

Pandharinath G. Kerkar December 28, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Thanks a lot.

I would request your kind self to provide us the tips of shorthand key commands in excel 2007/2010 against shorthand key commands used in excel 2003, as I am very much used to shorthand key commands in excel 2003. Microsoft company should have maintained same sequence of tools, commands, utilities in excel 2007/2010 (when introducing new features in excel 2007/2010) as time consumed will be lesser and will be helpful for excel 2003 users.

P.G. Kerkar

Hope you will take the matter into consideration.

paula May 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Dear Ankur,

I’m working with Excel 10 and have checked the box ‘Enable fill handle and cell drag and drop’ but still the feature doesn’t work, and it’s so handy if it does. Do you have any idea why it wouldn’t work. Does it matter I work with Windows 7?


Ankur Jain May 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

@paula: I’m not sure, once you check the box, see if closing and then opening Excel helps you. I did this on Win XP.

James August 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

thank you! great help and well explained

arun May 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

fantastic, its really help me , i bit worried it looks some thing corropted.. Thanks.. God bless.. once question :: can we use shortcuts in 2007 excel which we were using in 2003 ?

Saqib June 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Thank you.

In my excel, it was never enabled to start with.
And there was me cursing the gayness of microsoft excel.

Kastur June 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM


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Karthikeyan July 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Thanks a lot. I was searching for this info for past couple of days and even i repaired the Office setup. :( . You saved me from resinstalling the Office :)

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Vani September 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

The Solutions works perfectly. I was struggling to figure why i am not able to drag and drop in excel. Thank you so much .

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Amir Riaz January 30, 2013 at 3:36 AM

@ Paula,

Some users, like you, may find that even after checking the box ‘enable fill handle and cell drag and drop’ they are unable to use the feature. In this case, just check if you are using the filter function, remove filter temporarily and the ‘drag for progressive numbering’ will work. I just hope it works for you.

mahesh kumar January 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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Sudhakar April 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

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Ananta April 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Nicely explained-crisp and concise.

Many thanks

Ganesh S April 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

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Dr Manas July 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I feel by default “drag and drop” is disabled in office 2007 and 2010.
I followed the procedure as given by you.
It worked for excel 2007.
thanks again..

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Mahesh July 16, 2013 at 5:05 PM


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Mohan July 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

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Kamlesh July 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

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sachin July 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

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Priyal July 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

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Mukesh July 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Thanks… :) now its working fine and given the below steps:
Go to File > Options > Advanced > Enable file handle and cell drag-and-drop
Check this box.
Click OK and you’re done

Again Thanks.. :)

Sunil August 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

hey very thanks it is very usefull

Ankit August 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Wow. Thanks.

Selvin August 5, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Very much helpful… Thanks!

Neeraj August 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Thanks a lot….it does help.

Ashok August 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Very great !! Thank you so much! in fact i was very big headache for this problem not resolved

Phani RAJ August 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Very informative dude….
Just I was struggling a lot with this small issue. No got relief :-)

Kumar August 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

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Rohit Bhadait August 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Thanks lot!!!!!! It’s Working…………. :)

Anantha Padmanabhan August 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Thanks for your update.

Shinju August 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Really helpful

BRISH BHAN August 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Thanks for Help to Enable file handle and cell drag-and-drop.

sitaram agarwal August 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

thanks a lot, this information is very helpful. gr8 job..!!

Jayakumarnaik August 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Very nice and easiest way expressed

Nilesh P. Gawas August 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Thanks for reference

Arvind August 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

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Adnan August 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

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Raman August 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Thanks for easy reference and help.. it worked.

P Sureshmani August 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM


Its really helpful. Thanks a lot for the simple explanation

sonal August 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

hey Ankur… it works.. thanks .. i was really struglling for long… :)

Sonaa September 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Thank you very much!!! :)

Aravind September 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Many thanks. you saved me a lot of time .


Kumar September 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Thanks a lot Ankur.
This article helped.

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