My Google Sheet has a text header, and then a few columns (let's say F and I) have a formula in them.
So as an example row 1 is all text, and row 2 would have =LEFT(H2,4)&" "&MID(H2,5,6). This was dragged down (auto filled) below so row 3 has H3 in the formula etc. all the way to say 100.

If I go insert a row at 50, is there a way for it to automatically fill in the formula H50. (Currently when I insert row, all the cells are blank).

Two 'test case' formulas:

=LEFT(H2,4)&" "&MID(H2,5,6)&"!"

=IF (ISBLANK(H2),"", ARRAY_CONSTRAIN(ARRAYFORMULA(IF( (MOD(SUM(INT(MID(REPT("0",20-LEN(H2))&H2,ROW($1:$31),1)*(MOD(ROW($1:$31),2)+1)/10)+MOD(MID(REPT("0",20-LEN(H2))&H2,ROW($1:$31),1)*(MOD(ROW($1:$31),2)+1),10)),10)=0), "✔", "❌")), 1, 1))

(This formula is from here - to test out in your own spreadsheet, H simply needs any valid credit card number such as 343280696646912 )

  • I respectfully suggest that this question is no longer a "general" question about repeating a simple formula in every row. Instead, the real "problem" is your credit card formula, and how to adapt/rewrite this so that he automatically repeats in every row. You should write a new question about this; I suggest that you ask the question on StackOverflow (not WebApps) because it has a much bigger group of volunteers which increases the odds of getting an answer to your question.
    – Tedinoz
    Oct 31, 2020 at 4:43

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Try: =arrayformula(LEFT(H2:H100,4)&" "&MID(H2:H100,5,6)) in the cell B2.

This will automatically populate cells "B2:B100" with the formula. If you insert a new row, the cell in Column B will populate with the formula.

  • Thank you, this is working great for the simple formula, but I've added a very complex formula above that uses array_constrain and arrayformula already. Wrapping it in ArrayFormula: =ARRAYFORMULA( IF (ISBLANK(H2:H1000),"", ARRAY_CONSTRAIN(ARRAYFORMULA(IF( (MOD(SUM(INT(MID(REPT("0",20-LEN(H2:H1000))&H2:H1000,ROW($1:$31),1)*(MOD(ROW($1:$31),2)+1)/10)+MOD(MID(REPT("0",20-LEN(H2:H1000))&H2:H1000,ROW($1:$31),1)*(MOD(ROW($1:$31),2)+1),10)),10)=0), "✔", "❌")), 1, 1))) gives Error Function REPT parameter 2 value is negative. It should be positive or zero. Oct 29, 2020 at 2:31
  • If you are using this complex formula based on Arrayformula, why didn’t you just apply arrayformula to your “simple” formula. In any event, I suggest that you look to move the “if is blank” (or an equivalent statement) to within your own formula rather than add an additional layer of arrayformula.
    – Tedinoz
    Oct 30, 2020 at 9:19
  • Sorry can you please elaborate? (Potentially with examples, once I use array constrain and formula I get confused). My goal is to simply get the ✔ or ❌ at the end, but only if the cell has data, otherwise blank. Oct 30, 2020 at 17:55

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