In case you need to get Excel AutoFill not working, you can switch it off by doing the following:. To prevent replacing the current data when you drag the fill handle, make sure that the Alert before overwriting cells check box is ticked. If you don't want Excel to display a message about overwriting non-blank cells, just clear this check box. Turn Auto Fill Options on or off If you don't want to display the Auto Fill Options button every time you drag the fill handle, just turn it off. Similarly, if the button does not show when you use the fill handle, you can turn it on.
In Microsoft Excel, AutoFill is a feature that allows the user to extend a series of numbers, dates, or even text to the necessary range of cells. This little option gives you plenty of possibilities. Use Flash Fill in Excel, autofill dates and numbers, populate numerous cells, and get custom list values. That's it! Thank you for reading to the end. Now you know it all, or almost all about the AutoFill option. Subscribe to our blog to learn even more about this and other helpful Excel features.
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Be happy and excel in Excel! For me to be able to help you better, please send me a small sample table with your data in Excel. Please include the result you want to get. You can email it at support ablebits. First of all i want to say thank you. Using Excel , I am not able to autofill a column of data by double clicking on the Excel Fill Handle. Any ideas? I was able double click and auto-fill before, but can't now for some reason. I think, in your case, it would be better and faster to format your worksheet as Excel Table.
Then enter your formula into column C and Excel will automatically copy it for the rest of the rows. How is this "better and faster"? In previous versions of excel before all you had to do is double click on the lower right corner and it copied your cell all the way down to the bottom of your data. No need to declare table. Just double click and move on. Another step backwards by Microsoft.
Something you left out which I really need I have a value in cell A1 through to columns. I need to only get data from every 4rth cell, which is A1, E1, I When I autofill C1 and C2 to the right, I do not get every 4rth cell. Could you please shed some light on how I can achieve this?. Thank you very much! For me to be able to assist you better, please send me a small sample table with your data in Excel at support ablebits. Thank you for these excel information. I would like to know more and I hope you don't mind me asking. Example I have column B which has 5 list of data validation. Thank you for your question.
I really appreciate your feedback. I don't think this is an auto fill issue, but would like assistance. I made a table with customers on the y axis and vertical market on the x. I placed a 1 to identify what vertical market each customer represents. I used the sum feature to add each column of "1s" to see which vertical markets we're doing best in.
Now I want to combine all the sales people's results to a separate excel sheet in the book to get the totals of each salesperson to see which vertical markets we're doing best in and which one's we're not covering well. How do I copy my summation values with my vertical market data?
It's two rows of information. The sum and the market, per sales rep. Perhaps, you will also need to create a Pivot Table based on the data you'll get after merging all your spreadsheets into one. I have a Dropdown Box with 3 options -process a,process b, process c. When i select process a, i want all the rows for process a to be populated and same process b and process c.
Please help. Please describe in detail with what you want to populate, where and in what form you want to do that. Is there anyway to change the default autofill behaviour to Fill Without Formatting? It's getting a bit annoying having to change it everytime! Click on the fill handle, drag and drop it and then click on the Auto Fill Options icon. Select to Fill without formatting. Is there a way to have excel automatically update the days of the week, if you have a month and year selected from a drop down list?
Maybe you need to create an automatic calendar in Excel. I want to enter a date in column A1 and have it auto-fill the day of the week in B1 and so forth down the sheet. Is that possible. Thanks so much. You can convert dates into days of the week. I am using excel and trying to use the flash fill function. Neither of the ways you listed above are working for me.
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When I right clock and drag my menu does not have flash fill at all; it is not even a faded option that's unclickable. It just is not there. When I try the other way, my options are only to copy cells, fill formatting only, or fill without formatting. This also makes my first two cells, the ones that I used to set the pattern, repeat instead of following the pattern. Hi, i was wondering if there was a specific "formula" for the autofill handle.
I want to create a table to print a list of data ie. Is this possible? For us to be able to help you better, please send a small sample table with your data in Excel and include the result you expect to get to support ablebits.
I am trying to create a spreadsheet to show sales of particular items. What I want to achieve is to automatically bring up the cost of an item if I select it from a drop down list. Is this doable? Hi, I am using excel , i am trying to put together a formula for when i populate a number in column b, column d populates with the name of the item in b. Is there any way to do this and how? The best help I received when I had requested to solve my problem regarding excel dragging of cells down word and so.
Are you able to help with a formula as the auto fill is not quite what I need. Im trying to split over addresses into unit number, street number, street name and street type. Hi Maria I Want excell sheet like software example i want enter some value specific cell like in A1 suppose this value automatic fill in specific date on daily basis is it possible??? I would like some help, please! I have a list with "code", "name", "adress", "contact", etc In the same excel document in another sheet i want to create a biger spread sheet and i would like to have a collumn where i write the code, and the rest of the collumns autofill with the corresponding name, adress and contact information of the previous spread sheet.
Is there an "easy" way to do it? I am trying to use auto fill, however, I need to add a space. For instance, 14 14 Hi, hope you can help, I'm using excel for inventory purposes and my data is input with a hand scanner. The scanner gives me comma-delimited data which i have to sort using "text to columns". Regardless of what i have tried , including varieties of autofill, i cannot get excel to automate the text to columns feature, so i have to keep manually doing it. Is it possible to get excel to automatically do text to columns as i'm scanning the data in? I'd be very grateful for any assistance, thank you, Fran.
I have a very long nested IF statement formula that I am trying to apply to every row in my spreadsheet hence, the autofill. My spreadsheet is for salary analysis. The grade level and the salary amount being the logical test, and the Salary Range being the true value. If the first statement is false, then it will evaluate the second, and so on.
There are 8 different possible grades, with four salary range options for each grade, so a statement formula. The grade possibilities are 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, B, C. When I enter the formula and drag it through my spreadsheet, it works just fine through all the numbered grades When the formula hits the lettered-grades A-C , it suddenly stops working. So to me, it seems the autofill capability is having a hard time getting the transition from numbered-grades in the logical test statement, to lettered-grades in the logical test statement.
Again, when I drag the formula through the grades separately, it works just fine. So the formula is correct Hoping you guys can help? Whatever I try I cannot get excel to fill a series in a column. Whether the fields are formatted as text or number, whether I press Ctrl or not, it only copies the first cell. I've tried restarting excel, but to no avail. I'm using excel In excel I never had this problem. A very informative post. I have been using Excel for some time now and was thinking if the Excel supports the following Auto Fill feature or not. Is it possible that when I enter new data in A3 and B3, the formula of C2 automatically gets filled in C3 and multiplies A3 and B3 dataset.
It will be a great time saver if the user can see the formulae in action as the data gets entered without the user intervention. Hi I have some data which is in the format of Data filter number of names is there i am wasting lot of time to choose the correct name every name have a unique number from the list. I want to know that any facility to get in simple way to get, i mean is there any shortcut to get the name when i am entering the number on the column?
Please inform me. Thank you. HI I'm trying to use the quick analysis tool but it is not appearing on the bottom right corner after selecting a table. Also i am not getting an autofill option. I am using a macbook and really dont know how to get around this. This may be tough to get across in text but I have a summary sheet which reads data from other tabs with in the worksheet. When trying to use the fill handle, how do i autofill to allow for an increase tabs increments?
My sheet tabs are labelled 1. I would like to see the following on my summary sheet, which picks up data from cell A2 on sheet tabs 1. Nikki asked above: I am trying to use auto fill, however, I need to add a space. Add some character in place of space which does not exist in the excel. It will give values like Find "-!
If i want to generate a timemtable of a class in university. I have teachers names, subjects to be handle but i want the excel automatically fill the cells for a week of 6 working days each day having 6 hours of different subjets. Hi, i am generating a table with the formular below the "B" value is increasing by 5 that is B,B,B,B B, B Hi, I am trying to Autofill a column of alphanumeric numbers. When I select all 3 the cells and then click on the fill handle to fill the rest of the column, instead of continuing the series, it just repeats PG, 02 and Please help as I am getting really frustrated.
Hi, I'm trying to Autofill a column of alphanumeric numbers. There's only one column with the numeric portion in the middle. It just repeats it what I've done every time. It works if I take the A off the end, but I need it there. You can copy a result range and paste only values to replace formula on their values.
I am facing problem to run the flash fill in excel, Can you please help me. Hi, I am working in an excel spreadsheet entering invoices. Earlier today when I was entering if i typed the apartment number " or or etc" it would auto populate the Letter that corresponded with that unit like A, B or C to show that it is a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom. But for some reason it has stopped working. Can you please let me know how to fix and also explain how to do it so I can utilize this feature in another spreadsheet. To help you, we need a Excel workbook with your data in Excel.
You can email it to support ablebits. Please add the link to this article and your comment number. Hi, I am using excel , i need to enter a particular value in front of particular name.
Hi, Im using Excel I need to enter months horizontally. Next to every date of the month I require my work day to be inserted. It should display as follows in Excel Having worked through a number of your samples here I've picked up a few tips that I wasn't aware of, however I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I'm running into. I'm not sure if it is related to this topic I may have used the wrong search criteria to find a solution - if I did I still learned something new :- and will try to find it elsewhere.
I have a spreadsheet with a number of formulas in it, most of which are date related and are spread across a number of columns which are not beside each other. I was wondering if there was a way to have these formula automatically appear on a new line each time a new record is added or is this always going to be a manual process. I am using MS Office I shall be grateful to you if you can suggest how flash fill can be done in excel I am looking to use some sort of autofill feature that operates conditionally. I have a list of employees, each coded with a different colour based on department done automatically by way of vlookup.
I fill in hours if applicable on that spreadsheet for all employees. I then have a separate sheet where I want to have ONLY employees who logged hours listed, and grouped by department fill formatting mentioned above. I want it to fill in that second sheet automatically based on the data I entered for the first. What would be the best way to go about doing this? Do you know why the option "Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop" from the Advanced option doesn't stay active.
Almost everyday I need to go back there and tick the box again and again. Thanks for your help. Same as Invoice preparation, by auto filling the values from source file. I would like to know if it is possible with a 2 column sheet, the first column has a date and I'd like the column to the right to auto populate exactly a year from that date.
I am not able to push a button twice in a row. How do I turn off this feature so that I can type words like letters, cooler or even hit the delete button back to back. I am trying to create an auto fill list that will replicate slot designations for warehousing ie. What is your response to Bruce's query above? I have a similar situation whereby I need to number the detail lines of an a record and the pattern in a column is ,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7 etc. Is there a way to set the default options of autofill to "copy cells"?
Because the current default is "fill series" which I do not need for now. I want to ask you if is it possible to change the value of 50 cells set in the autoComplete option. I am facing with a large table and for me it will be useful to look up for more than cells, of course without blanks in the respective column. I've tried with excel , and but I have the same result after "n" groups of 50 cells, I must type "n" characters in the next cell to return the value written in a cell above I don't know if this works for more than characters.
Is there a way to get it to flash fill two boxes in the same row that are related? In my case, individuals have a code associate with them-- the codes need to be in a separate box, but it would be simpler for me to have it fill in box the name and code box when I input my data. Is there a way to have an excel sheet anticipate a value of a cell based on a list?
For example, I am trying to do a large sheet of sending suggestions to a group. Often these suggestions are the same for the recipients and it would come from only a list of suggestions, nothing extra. I have used the data validation, but using the drop down is tedious. I want something where if I want to suggest to "go to the movie", as soon as I type "Go to I know if the value is listed above in the sheet, it will try to finish, but is it possible to have that list input in the background to do that in advance.
It would cut down a lot more time in excel. Hello-How some spacified data from master excel sheet not fixed also auto exist into each separate respective particular or multi excel files without the efforts of picking up copy paste posting from the master sheet. I want to add series number in column from 1 to with formula, Could you please help me to share formula. Hi Dear. Exsample: when i input the number in colunm B and the color auto fill in colunm C without seeing any datas just only the color.
I wish you can help with this. Colunm B number and Colunm C auto fill color. I have changed computers and am now on windows 10, on my old windows 7 I was able to start entering a name in a cell and if had been used before it will auto fill, but with windows 10 it does not and I cant find anywhere or any one to solve this problem as it is time consuming having to retype every name. Hello, I'm wondering if you could help me. I'm wanted to fill in a number in a ID column and then a Name associated with that ID number populate to the cell next to it.
How can I go about doing this? Autofill is working in all cells when I drag down with the thin crosshair.
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The only exception is checkboxes which I can't drag down to autofill. My options in advanced are selected accordingly so that is not the issue. Your assistance will be highly appreciated. Right click on the cell and select Format Cells then choose the Date option from the list and choose the specific format you want to use. Using Excel I have a spreadsheet that I copy and reuse with new, imported data which contains between 50, and , rows of time-evolution data. I perform simple calculations on the data, such as multiply by or divide by In an adjacent column, I enter the pertinent calculation, select the cell, and double-click on the auto-fill square.
The auto-fill will correctly fill all k cells in the column. Other data, same spreadsheet a few columns over has a different calculation performed on it. In this column, the auto-fill procedure will only work to about 50k of the 72k values and I have to manually drag the auto-fill square down to complete the procedure. Scrolling down to the bottom of the incomplete column, selecting a cell, and double-clicking on the auto-fill square does nothing.
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I have to manually scroll down to complete the action. Strange thing is that if I start with a new, empty spreadsheet and import the same data, auto-fill works fine. But, if I save it, delete the data and enter new data, the auto--fill is broken again. I don't want to do this because the graph formatting is very complex and time-consuming and I don't want to "reinvent the wheel" with every new set of data.
I trying to use the weekly planner where its summarise in Monthly plans in the excel. Some what i received template from various sources. But not exactly. When i select first week i should be able to enter the details description of it and for 2nd, 3rd, 4th week the dates should change at the same time the data which i updated for the first week should not appear there.
In the Monthly sheet when i select particular month then the summary of all 4 weeks should appear. I am trying to use the weekly planner where it has to summarise in the Monthly plans in excel. Some what i received templates from various sources. In the Monthly sheet when i select particular month then the summary of all 4 weeks should appear there. Hello, I am interested in whether an autofile with functions can be created in the excel, that is, I have an IF function in which the cells in the other worksheet are located, and I have to make it so that every next line contains the cell number increased by E-mail not published.
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Use AutoFill to populate a range in Excel All AutoFill Excel options: Double-click the fill handle to auto-populate a large range Excel - fill down a series of values that contain text Create custom list series in Excel Use the AutoFill option to get repeating series Filling down cells horizontally and vertically Autofill several rows or columns Automatically insert empty cells when filling a range Use the Auto Fill Options list to fine tune the way the data are entered Excel - autofill formulas Flash fill in Excel Enable or disable autofilling cells Switch Auto Fill Options on or off Use AutoFill Excel option to populate a range in Excel and lower Whether you just want to copy the same value down or need to get a series of numbers or text values, fill handle in Excel is the feature to help.
All AutoFill Excel options - see the fill handle at its best Double-click to automatically populate a large range Suppose you have a huge database with names. This hint will only work if you have values to the left or right of the column you need to fill as Excel looks at the adjacent column to define the last cell in the range to fill.
Please also keep in mind that it will populate by the longest column in case you have values to the right and to the left of the empty range you want to fill down. A custom list can only contain text or text with numerical values. If you need it to store only numbers, please create a list of digits formatted as text.
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John says:. March 16, at pm. Jurie says:. October 22, at am. Hi Maria, Something you left out which I really need Hi Jurie, Thank you for your question. I'll do my best to help you. Ann Dave says:. October 29, at am. Hello, Thank you for these excel information. I greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Ann. October 29, at pm. Hello, Ann, Thank you for your question. October 30, at am. Hello Maria, I really appreciate your feedback. October 30, at pm. November 2, at pm. Hello Maria, Your help is really appreciated. Thank you very much. A small selection of my Excel book collection.
My copy of RibbonX is falling apart! This is not a comprehensive list of all Excel books. I know most of the authors of these books, but I also know authors of books not included here. Books not listed are not omitted because they are bad, necessarily, but just because I am limiting the size of this article.
A couple authors may seem overrepresented here. Both are comprehensive in their approach, and they cover a range of topics and levels of difficulty. I know both of these experts, and I like their books. Like John, Bill also has used experts to help with the writing tasks. I may expand this list in the future, maybe to add books to the existing categories, but mostly to add more categories. It covers everything about Excel in extensive detail. Formulas, charting, data analysis, formatting, and programming.
It teaches about the tools built into the VB Editor, and covers topics like application and add-in development, VBA language features, and UserForms custom dialogs. It covers macros, VBA-enhanced workbooks, and full-blown add-in applications. This is the book I still use the most; the cover has fallen off and a few pages are loose.
They work through advanced topics, such as statistics, pivot charts, and best practices. And they finish with detailed sections about automating charts with VBA. Jorge has applied the best practices of data visualization to charting in Excel. This was the first book about Excel dashboards, and Mike did a good job of staying within the Dummies framework but providing lots of useful information.
Posted: Friday, February 3rd, under Books. Comments: Well, I had to draw the line somewhere. There are several other books on Excel VBA I could have included, as well as books on using Excel for high-powered mathematical analysis and statistics, and books on specialized uses of Excel Excel for Chemists, for Scientists and Engineers, etc. That being said, I enjoyed the humorous tone of the 40 tips book and have found some curious and interesting methods in there.
I hope you are well. I know your a chart guru and i have seen an example of yours somewhere that have me this idea.. I have got a scatter chart that has the numbers 1 to 25 for the x values and the value 2 for the y value just to ensure they align nicely. For the values i have a formula that compares the value in cell E2 and checks to see if the count incremented down is lower than the number in E2 the display 2 else na.
This is purely to highlight the number of icons depending on cell E2. I have replaced the dots with a picture that ive named main pic. Now here is my problem, the value in E2 could have decimal points ie 5. What i want is if there is a remainder, i need to do a pie chart that displays the proportion bit and then copy and paste into the last point.. For eg 5.
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