Can i do this in excel

I have a spreadsheet that has an account number in column a.   I want that cell to replicate itself in all empty cells beneath it until it gets to the next account number.   Can I do this

what I have now
001        water      15
               fire          10
002        water      22
               garbage  20
               fire          10
              cake          15
003        cake        10
               fire           10

what I want
001        water      15
001       fire          10
002        water      22
002       garbage  20
002        fire          10
002       cake          15
003       cake        10
003       fire           10
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
This assumes that data starts in row 1. If not then change the FIRST_ROW constant.
Sub ReplicateAccounts()
Dim lngRow As Long
Const FIRST_ROW = 1
Dim strAccount As String

For lngRow = FIRST_ROW To ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count
    If Cells(lngRow, "A") <> "" Then
        strAccount = Cells(lngRow, "A")
        Cells(lngRow, "A") = strAccount
    End If
End Sub

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ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
yes possible.

you create a helper column.  put that formula =IF(A2="",B1,A2) B2 and copy down and then once you reach to the end copy all cells in B column and paste as value then delete the column A.

see attached.
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
My macro also assumes that the accounts are in column "A". If not then change the 3 "A"s to the proper column.

And just in case you need them, here are instructions on how to install and use the macro.

In Excel, Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE)

Right-click on your workbook name in the "Project-VBAProject" pane (at the top left corner of the editor window). If you don’t see an existing module then select Insert -> Module from the context menu. Otherwise just select the module.

Copy the macro (you can use the ‘Select All’ button if you like) and paste it into the right-hand pane of the VBA editor ("Module1" window)

Press Alt+F11 again to go back to Excel

Optionally, press Alt+F8 to open the "Macro" dialog window. Select the macro, click ‘Options…’,  hold down the Shift key and type the letter A (or any other letter) and click ‘OK’. Then anytime you want to run the macro press Ctrl+Shift+A.

When you close the workbook you will need to save it as an xlsm or xls file if it’s not already one of those.
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jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
I used Martin's.  Didn't try the other because Martin's worked.
Thanks to both of you.
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

In my profile you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.
Marty - MVP 2009 to 2015, Experts-Exchange Top Expert Visual Basic Classic 2012 to 2014
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Don't necessarily need a helper column.

Apply an AutoFilter to the column and use the filter to display blanks.

In the first blank put a formula referring to the cell above, ie if first blank is A2, formula  =A1

Select the remainder of the column and Ctrl D to fill down. This will only populate the visible rows.

Take off the Filter and then Copy & Paste Values for the whole column if so required.

Rob H
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