I am experienced with VBA but not Google Apps Script / Javascript.

I'm doing a lot of data entry for which filling down with CTRL+D is super-useful but I want to create a macro that will copy down the value from the row above while also adding 1.

I've had a few attempts and I can't get it to work.

So far, I have only successfully achieved it by the rather obtuse two-step method of copying down with CTRL+D followed by this code to increment the value:

  var c = SpreadsheetApp.getActive().getCurrentCell();

How do I get the value of the cell above and add 1 to it in a single step?


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/** @OnlyCurrentDoc */

function myFunction() {
  const cell = SpreadsheetApp.getActive().getCurrentCell();
  cell.setValue(cell.offset(-1, 0).getValue()+1);
  cell.offset(0, 1).activate();
  1. Sets the current cell's value to 1 plus the value of the cell that is offset -1 rows and 0 columns (directly above it).
  2. Activates the cell that is offset 0 rows and 1 column from the current cell (directly to the right).

Running Macro

Use either of the following approaches.

  1. Set up a keyboard shortcut using Ctrl+Alt+Shift+[0-9]. You select the specific digit when you first setup the Macro or you can set it up or modify it in the Manage macros section. Access it at:
      →  Menu:        Extensions > Macros > Manage macros
      →  Keyboard:  Alt+Shift+N M M
  2. Run the macro directly from the menu:
      →  Menu:        Extensions > Macros > Your_macro_name
      →  Keyboard:  Alt+Shift+N M Enter
           If the macro is not 1st in the list you'll need more down arrows
  • 1
    Thanks. This does almost achieve what I wanted to do, but it still leaves a formula in the cell rather than a value, which for various reasons is not suitable for my needs. Your suggestion of CTRL+C then CTRL+SHIFT+V will of course convert the formula to its value, but I am trying to find a way to have the macro write the incremented value (rather than to formula) to the cell in the first place. Commented May 12 at 18:47
  • @DanielAustin answer has been modified to return a value instead of a formula.
    – Blindspots
    Commented May 13 at 5:29

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