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How to use filter in Excel 2010 to fill in empty fields (cells)

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Hi,
I have a big worksheet in Excel 2010 with many lines (more than 2000) and different fields but I forgot to place some of the cells when I first entered them.
Now, when I use the filter function to try to correct and fill in the empty fields Excel won’t lt me do that adequately.
Does anyone know how to do that?
For instance, I need to fill in the field called DATE (column C), but there are lots of other lines, so I use the filter to choose only the lines with the word “Faxineira” in column B.
A good solution would be to copy column A to column C, but that doesn’t work when I am in the filter mode.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

If you want all cells which are empty in Col C Click the Arrow in Col C / Text Filters / Equals then Click OK not entering anything

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by:Brejinski
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Thanks, Rgonzo1971, but I need to filter column B and then fill in column C with the same dates in column A...
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Hi

You could use a helper's column with this formula and then paste the resulting column with Paste Values (not normal Paste)

=IF(C1<>"";C1;A1)

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Filter column B as needed. Select column C. Press Alt+; to select only the visible cells, then type = and select the cell in column A of the active row and press Ctrl+Enter instead of just enter.
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Hi, rorya, amazing, incredible, unbelievable, fantastic, awesome solution you got there!!! How did you learn all that?
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by:Brejinski
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Thank you all, guys, but rorya did give the best of the best answer.
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Misspent youth. :)
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