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Hi,
I'm looking for some help to produce an excel sheet that auto-fills out a table of contents depending on what i select in a data sheet.

My example is a list of fruit, I want to be able to choose which fruit I want in the data section, and have it auto-fill in the same order under contents with no spaces for the missing fields.

experts-autoarray.xlsx

Thanks!
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Hello,

You can do that if you add a helper column in  the table. Is that an option?

cheers, teylyn
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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Put this formula in C4 and copy down

=IF(B4="yes",ROW(A1),"")

Then use this in F3 and copy down as far as you like

=IFERROR(INDEX($A$4:$A$8,SMALL($C$4:$C$8,ROW(A1))),"")

You can hide column C.

See attached

cheers, teylyn
experts-autoarray.xlsx
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by:barry houdini
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You can also do this without a helper column if you want - the resulting formula is a little longer than teylyn's suggestion. In F3

=IFERROR(INDEX(A$4:A$100,SMALL(IF(B$4:B$100="Yes",ROW(B$4:B$100)-ROW(B$4)+1),ROWS(F$3:F3))),"")

confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER and copied down the column - when you run out of entries you get blanks, see attached

regards, barry
27316564.xlsx
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by:WTC_Services
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Thanks teylyn,

this worked great!
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