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Excel 2010 remember cell contents

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Hello,

In the attached excel spread sheet (a bid form).  I would like for it to remember every entry ever put into the "Attention" cell and the "Company" cell.  The idea being that the user could do the 'Alt Down Arrow' thing and get a list of previous entries to choose from.

This would be like the autocomplete function except instead of being based on other column entries it would be based on previous cell entries.

Thank you,
Mark
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Glenn Ray earned 500 total points
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Here's a very good article on the Contextures website that describes this process in detail.

In your case, you'd want to set up an Excel Table on a separate sheet (hidden, of course) that will contain all unique "attention" values.  Data Validation would be set up in the merged cell N4, but with the error alerts turned off.

Then, Worksheet_Change events will be set up on both the form (Sheet1) and the new data sheet to both check and prompt when new entries are noted and to re-sort the data after new entries are added.

It's pretty detailed and well-documented, but if you have any questions, let us know.

-Glenn
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Thanks Glen, I'll get a chance to check this out tomorrow.  Appreciate it.  Mark
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Hi Glen,

Thanks that looks like something I can work with and I will accept as a solution.  

I would pose another question.  Ideally I would like to type the first few letters of a name vs. an arrow to invoke the drop down box and have that action get me to the right section of the list.  i.e., I type 'Ch' in the 'Attention' cell and the list appears and starts with 'Chandler, Charlie, Christy, etc.

Thanks,
Mark
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Mark,
See this EE thread for some discussion about type-ahead functionality.   Rob Henson and I offered up some possible solutions that might be applicable for you.

-Glenn
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Thanks again Glen.  I skimmed the link.  It might be over my head but I will look again when I have some time to focus on it.  I appreciate your time ...Mark
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