# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Not sure what this called to properly search so I am struggling. I import reports into Excel and get A1 with a name and A2 is blank. Then the following cells come in 2 rows that belong to the name at A1. If I want to sort by name, A2 is blank so I can't keep all of row 1 & 2 info together. Is there a way to say if A2 is blank, copy info from A1? I have 160 pages of this data so I can't just copy and paste individually.
Solved by B. H. in 17 mins
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Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:19
Hello
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:19
Welcome
User 11/09/2018 - 08:19
hello
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:20
Can you please show me a few sample data?
User 11/09/2018 - 08:20
Yes, 1 moment
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:21
Thank you.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:23
[Uploaded an Excel file]
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:25
In the example file, A2 should be Mary and A4 should be John, right?
User 11/09/2018 - 08:25
Yes
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:26
Yeah, we can do it at once.
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:27
Here are the steps required.
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:28
Before we start, please open a excel file on your computer and try to apply the steps as I'm giving them. How does that sounds?
User 11/09/2018 - 08:28
good, got it
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:28
1. Select the range that contains blank cells you need to fill. Let me know when you are done.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:29
Like a2 and a4 or all the info?
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:30
The whole column A.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:30
ok, got it
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:30
2. Click Home > Find & Select > Go To Special…, and a Go To Special dialog box will appear, then check Blanks option.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:31
done
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:31
3. Click OK, and all of the blank cells have been selected. Then input the formula =A1 into active cell A2 without changing the selection.
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:31
4. Press Ctrl + Enter, Excel will copy the respective formula to all blank cells.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:32
wow, just what I needed!
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:33
I great to hear that you were able to do it. That is truly brilliant.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:33
You are awesome! and I appreciate you
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:34
Usually it takes more attempts if you are doing it for the first time. But you did it brilliantly.
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:34
Anything else you need?
User 11/09/2018 - 08:34
Your knowledge is wonderful but nothing else
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:35
Please remember we wrote =A1 because A1 is the first cell with info that we wanted to use in the first empty cell A2.
User 11/09/2018 - 08:35
I will be using this often!
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:35
So if it were A3 is the first empty cell and we wanted to fill it with the value at A2, then we would have to write =A2
User 11/09/2018 - 08:35
Do I just hit end session?
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:36
Yeah, if nothing else is needed.
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:36
Thank you and have a great day!
User 11/09/2018 - 08:36
Have a spectacular day
Excelchat Expert 11/09/2018 - 08:36
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