# Multiplying Column by Constants in Google Sheets: A Simple Guide

Hey there! Today, I want to show you how to multiply a column by constants in Google Sheets. It may sound complicated, but I promise it’s easier than it seems. Let’s get started!

First things first, open up Google Sheets and create a new spreadsheet. Take a look at the column you want to multiply. Let’s say it’s column A.

Now, here comes the interesting part. To multiply the whole column by a constant, you need to use a formula. Don’t worry, I’ll guide you through it step by step.

Click on an empty cell, let’s say B1. Type the equal sign (=) to start the formula. Next, click on the first cell in column A that you want to multiply. For example, if you want to start with cell A1, type A1 after the equal sign.

Press the multiplication sign (*) and then type the constant you want to multiply the column by. Let’s say the constant is 2. So the formula so far will look like this:

=A1*2

Now, this is where it gets interesting. To apply this formula to the whole column, you need to use a neat trick.

Move your mouse over the bottom-right corner of cell B1. You’ll see a little blue square. Double-click that square, and the formula will automatically be applied to the whole column.

Voila! Now column B will contain the multiplication of column A by the constant. Wasn’t that easy?

Let’s do a quick recap. To multiply a column by constants in Google Sheets, you need to use a formula. Start by typing the equal sign, followed by the first cell in the column you want to multiply, then the multiplication sign, and finally the constant. Double-click the bottom-right corner of the cell to apply the formula to the whole column.

I hope this guide was helpful to you. Now go ahead and give it a try yourself. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Hey there! Google Sheets is a super useful program that lets you enter important info and do all sorts of calculations. With its formulas, you can make estimates, manage budgets, and even figure out your taxes.

Google Sheets is mainly made for making lists. So when you use a formula, it’ll give you different numbers as you go down the list. Sometimes, though, you’ll want to multiply a whole column by the same number. Luckily, it’s easy peasy. Just follow this guide and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

## How to Multiply Columns by the Same Number

If you want to multiply cells or columns by the same number, you need to use an absolute reference. This way, the formula will always have a constant across all the cells.

An absolute reference is shown with a dollar sign ($). So, to multiply columns by the same number, just add a $ to the numbers in the formula.

When using any formula in Google Sheets, you need to know which characters to use. Here’s what they mean:

- All formulas need to start with an equal sign (=).
- You’ll need to type the equal sign in the cell where you want the numbers to appear.
- To multiply numbers in cells, use an asterisk (*).
- Finally, hit ‘Enter’ to calculate and finish your formula.

Now that you know these basics about Google Sheets formulas, let’s see how to use them to multiply cells by a constant.

Take a look at the Google Sheets example below.

Hey there! Let me show you how to multiply numbers in different columns in a simple way. All you need to do is follow these steps:

- First, make sure you’re in cell D4.
- Now, type in the following: =B4*C4.
- By doing this, the two numbers will be multiplied and you’ll get the correct result.

However, if you want to copy this formula and apply it to other cells, sorry to disappoint you, but it won’t work. You’ll only end up with zero in the other D cells.

But don’t worry! I’ll show you how to multiply every number in column B by the number in cell C4. Let’s get started:

- First, go to cell D4 and type an equal sign (=).
- Next, you can either click on cell B4 to add it to the formula or type it after the equal sign (=).
- Now, type an asterisk (*) sign.
- Click on cell C4 or simply type it to include it in the formula.
- Here’s the important part! Put a dollar sign ($) in front of the letter ‘C’ and also in front of the number ‘4’. It should look like this: ‘$C$4’.
- Now, press ‘Enter’ to get the formula ready.

By using the dollar sign ($) in front of the letter and number of the cell, you’re telling the spreadsheet that C4 is an ‘absolute’ reference. This means that when you copy the formula to another cell, it will always consider C4 as the reference number.

Now, if you want to copy this formula down the column, just follow these steps:

- Select cell D4.
- Move your cursor to the square in the bottom right corner of the cell. You’ll see the cursor change to a plus sign (+) symbol.
- Drag down the formula.
- It will automatically copy down to the rest of column D.

**Note**: If you want to double-check if the formulas are correct, you can double-click on any cell. The basic formula should be the same in all of them, including the absolute reference. The only thing that will differ is the cell number.

## Multiplying Two Columns

Multiplying two columns is pretty easy. But if you have a lot of cells to multiply in each column, doing it manually will be time-consuming.

Here’s a quick way to multiply numbers from two columns:

- Select the column where you want the product to appear. In this example, we’ll use column D.
- Next, add an equal sign (=).
- Click on the first cell that you want to multiply. Let’s say it’s B4.
- Add an asterisk (*) sign.
- Then, click on the cell that you want to multiply with. In our case, it’s C4.
- Press ‘Enter’ to get the product.

To get the multiplications for all cells, simply click on the small square in the bottom right corner of the formula and drag it down.

## Multiplying Columns Made Simple with an Array Formula

Ever wondered how to efficiently multiply numbers in multiple columns? Look no further! I’m here to show you a clever solution using an Array Formula. This technique saves time and effort, allowing you to get the total cost with ease.

Let’s say you have two columns filled with data that need to be multiplied together. Manually performing this task can be tedious and prone to errors. But with the power of an Array Formula, you can breeze through the calculations effortlessly.

Here’s how to get started:

- First, select the cell where you want the result to appear.
- Next, enter the formula for multiplication. For example, you can use ‘=B4:B7*C4:C7.’
- Now, hold down Ctrl + Shift + Enter (Cmd + Shift + Enter for Mac users) to apply the Array Formula.
- Voila! Google Sheets automatically adds the array formula for you, taking care of the multiplication.

But what if you need to find the sum of the products? Don’t worry, it’s just as simple!

- Select the cell where you want to display the sum.
- Type an equals sign (=) to start the formula.
- Write ‘SUMPRODUCT(‘ next to the equals sign.
- Select the range of cells you want to multiply.
- Hold down Ctrl + Shift + Enter (Cmd + Shift + Enter for Mac users) to apply the formula.
- Press ‘Enter’ to get the sum of the products.

## Say Goodbye to Multiplication Troubles with Google Sheets

Gone are the days of struggling with multiplication in spreadsheets. Thanks to these handy methods, you now know how to multiply columns by a constant, utilize the power of an Array Formula, and multiply two columns effortlessly.

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