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The below data is in one column. How do I get the blank cells to Auto Fill from what is in the cell directly above it ?
ABO & Rh Blood Type
ABO & Rh Blood Type
ABO/Rh Blood Type
Varicella Zoster Antibody IgM
Varicella Zoster Antibody IgG
Varicella Zoster Antibody IgG
Varicella Zoster Antibody IgG
HbA1c

Solved by K. L. in 42 mins

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Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:39

Welcome to excel got it pro.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:40

I'm here to help you today.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:42

You can not use a formula to auto fill in the same column. It can be done using a helper column and IF formula.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:45

Hello, you there?

User
01/03/2018 - 06:45

I remember doing this years ago by highlighting the column and then do a series of menu commands

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:47

Well, yes you can also do that.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:47

This is by selecting the column, then clicking on the GoTo menu item.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:49

To do it, follow the steps- let me know if you have confusion or fetch problem along the way. ..

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:49

1. Select the range that contains blank cells you need to fill

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:49

2. Click Home > Find & Select > Go To Special…, and a Go To Special dialog box will appear, then check Blanks option.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:50

3. Click OK, and all of the blank cells have been selected. Then input the formula “=A2 ” into active cell A3 without changing the selection. ( I'm assuming A2 is the first cell having data and A3 is blank)

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:51

4. Press Ctrl + Enter, Excel will copy the respective formula to all blank cells

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:51

Does it make sense?

User
01/03/2018 - 06:54

In my case, I have all my data in Column F and the first cell with missing data is F50

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:55

okay, then select column F and in step 3, write F49.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:57

still having problem?

User
01/03/2018 - 06:57

So in cell F50 am I typing =F49

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 06:58

and?

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:01

let me know if you are not able to do it yet.

User
01/03/2018 - 07:02

It fixed the one cell but not any others down 2000 rows

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:03

It seems that you might have made a mistake in following the steps. Here they are once again.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:03

1. Select the range that contains blank cells you need to fill

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:03

2. Click Home > Find & Select > Go To Special…, and a Go To Special dialog box will appear, then check Blanks option.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:04

3. Click OK, and all of the blank cells have been selected. Then input the formula F49 into active cell without changing the selection.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:04

Now this is tricky, you might want to click on the sheet to type in the formula, don't do that. Just write from the keyboard F49.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:05

=F49

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:06

This is very tricky, it is very common to miss the trick here, that why the help of an additional column and IF formula is easier.

User
01/03/2018 - 07:06

Okay, let me experiment with it and try to get it to work. Thanks for the help

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:07

Do you want me to stay while you give it a try?

User
01/03/2018 - 07:07

Okay I will try one more time

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:08

If not, then you can close the session. Otherwise I'm stuck here and won't be able to help others.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:08

Sure.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:12

any luck yet?

User
01/03/2018 - 07:13

Do I key F49 into the first blank cell or =F49 ? Then, do I hit the enter button before Control + ?

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:13

=F49, then control + Enter.

User
01/03/2018 - 07:16

Do I need to hold Down Control and + at the same time before I hit enter ?

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:17

Yup, that's the idea.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:17

oh no, not control and +

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:17

control + enter means hold control and then press enter before releasing control.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:18

in other word, press control and enter at the same time.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:18

is it clear?

User
01/03/2018 - 07:21

I got it to work. Horay !!!

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:21

Congratulations

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:21

You have made it and I'm not a terribly teacher. :)

User
01/03/2018 - 07:21

Thanks very much

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:21

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Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:22

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Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 07:22

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