Solved

Complete a row of text based on preexisting data in a worksheet

Posted on 2011-03-03
2
185 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi.  We recently upgraded from office 2000 to office 2010.  One of my users adds rows of data to an existing spreadsheet on a daily basis.  She claims that before we upgraded there was some sort of extended autocomplete functionality.  She would start typing in data and if it matched data from a previous cell in that column, the entire row would get filled in to match the row it was drawing from once she hit enter.  
As far as I know, autocomplete doesn't work that way.  Does this functionality exist in excel 2010?
thanks
0
Comment
Question by:valmatic
2 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:sdwalker
ID: 35028717
I'm not sure about 2010, but in 2007 Autocomplete will fill in a column if the typed text matches a previous entry.  However, it doesn't work until there is a single match.  

So if you had these entries ...

Ford Escort
Ford Explorer

And you began typing in the third row, it wouldn't autocomplete until you Typed either 'Ford Es' or 'Ford Ex'.  Check to see if there are two similar, but not identical entries.
0
 
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

by:
rspahitz earned 250 total points
ID: 35028718
I've seen where it will autocomplete a single cell.  If the cell had content that was long, it could appear to span an entire row...maybe that's what she was thinking?

Other than that, some VBA code could be writtten to accomplish the task but it would require some work to make it do exactly what is needed (or by default copy the entire row and paste it, rather than just copying what you need to avoid unneeded redundant data.)
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Postgres Monitoring System

A PHP and Perl based system to collect and display usage statistics from PostgreSQL databases.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Introduction While answering a recent question (http:/Q_27311462.html), I created an alternative function to the Excel Concatenate() function that you might find useful.  I tested several solutions and share the results in this article as well as t…
Freeze panes is an option within all variants of Excel to enable parts of a sheet to remain stationary when the cursor is in another part of the sheet. This is a very useful feature which is overlooked or under used.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate the scrolling table in Microsoft Excel using the INDEX function.
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa…

789 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question