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Can auto-increment in Excel autofill be disabled?

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Hi,

I have a column of numbers that I sometimes need to copy down to fill blanks. i use the Autofill feature, however it starts automatically doing fill series, and instead of copying the number it increments by 1. Then I have to click the euotfill options thingy that comes up and choose 'copy cells'. Supremely annoying.

Is there a way to disable this (just for this workbook/sheet/column - i.e. if I email it to someone, it will not do this in their excel either)? Perhaps a different number format? I tried changing the number format to text, but it still does it!

Any help greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Andrey
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The auto-complete feature is an application wide setting and cannot be turned off for one workbook by Excel settings.  You would have to use VBA to do it.  If that's something you want, let me know.
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Below is the VBA, in case you do want to go that route.  The code would go into the ThisWorkbook module.  And it would disable Auto-complete for the entire application once the below workbook is opened.  Then before it's closed, it gets re-enabled.


Private Sub Workbook_BeforeClose(Cancel As Boolean)
    Application.EnableAutoComplete = True
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
    Application.EnableAutoComplete = False
End Sub

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Unless I misunderstood your answer, I think we are talking about different things. I am talking about the auto-fill, not the auto-complete. I.e. where you can pull down the corner of the selected cell, and it copies the contents (or, as in my case, annoyingly increments it by one each time). Will your code disable this auto-incrementing? I still want to use the auto-fill, just not have it increment.

Thanks,

Andrey
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by:andreyman3d2k
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Here is an example of the number I am talking about:

US.NMH.09.03.015

if you place that into a cell then use the auto-fill to copy down, you will get

US.NMH.09.03.015
US.NMH.09.03.016
US.NMH.09.03.017
US.NMH.09.03.018

I want to get

US.NMH.09.03.015
US.NMH.09.03.015
US.NMH.09.03.015
US.NMH.09.03.015

without having to click that 'Autofill Options' icon that comes up
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OK, I get what you're saying now.

To stop the autofill from incrementing, when you're dragging it down, hold the ctrl key, and then let go of the mouse.
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Alternatively, instead of using the fill handle, you can select your cell and all the cells below you want filled and press Ctrl + D and this will fill in the range with the value of the first cell highlighted.
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Thanks! Will the ctrl(or cmd)-drag work on Mac Office 2008?
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by:Tracy
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According to this the Ctrl + D will work for Mac Office:

http://www.tongfamily.com/archives/2008/09/mac-excel-shortcuts/

I've never used a Mac though, so I can't say for sure.
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by:andreyman3d2k
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I just got a hold of a mac and tested it -- Option+drag works.

Thanks for your help!
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Awesome, thank you.

Andrey
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