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quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

  1. #1
    President@Roofus-inc.com
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    quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    Hi everyone,

    I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
    to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.

    How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
    cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
    I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.

    Thanks in advance,

    Mike


  2. #2
    Gord Dibben
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    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    Looks like a typo in your post.

    Perhaps AL20 same as A20?

    In AL20 enter =A20

    Drag/copy that across to BL20


    Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP

    On 28 Jun 2006 14:29:38 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:

    >Hi everyone,
    >
    >I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
    >to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.
    >
    >How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
    >cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
    >I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.
    >
    >Thanks in advance,
    >
    >Mike



  3. #3
    President@Roofus-inc.com
    Guest

    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    Hi Gord,

    Thanks for the prompt reply. No typo. It's the content that is in
    cell A20(yeah it's the first column) that I want to automatically fill
    in: BL20. That way I don't have to type it twice. The same for A21
    copied to BL21.

    Thanks again,

    Mike



    Gord Dibben wrote:
    > Looks like a typo in your post.
    >
    > Perhaps AL20 same as A20?
    >
    > In AL20 enter =A20
    >
    > Drag/copy that across to BL20
    >
    >
    > Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP
    >
    > On 28 Jun 2006 14:29:38 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:
    >
    > >Hi everyone,
    > >
    > >I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
    > >to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    > >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.
    > >
    > >How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
    > >cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
    > >I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.
    > >
    > >Thanks in advance,
    > >
    > >Mike



  4. #4
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    solution

    In cell BL20 type =A20.

    Now, anything entered in A20 will appear in BL20.

  5. #5
    MIKE
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    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    For some reason it just shows in that cell "=A20"

    This is driving me nuts. What am I doing wrong?




    Spreadsheet wrote:
    > In cell BL20 type =A20.
    >
    > Now, anything entered in A20 will appear in BL20.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Spreadsheet
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Spreadsheet's Profile: http://www.excelforum.com/member.php...o&userid=34730
    > View this thread: http://www.excelforum.com/showthread...hreadid=556685



  6. #6
    Dave Peterson
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    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    Format that cell (BL20 as General or anything other than text), then retype the
    formula.

    But I like this instead:

    =if(a20="","",a20)



    MIKE wrote:
    >
    > For some reason it just shows in that cell "=A20"
    >
    > This is driving me nuts. What am I doing wrong?
    >
    > Spreadsheet wrote:
    > > In cell BL20 type =A20.
    > >
    > > Now, anything entered in A20 will appear in BL20.
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > Spreadsheet
    > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > Spreadsheet's Profile: http://www.excelforum.com/member.php...o&userid=34730
    > > View this thread: http://www.excelforum.com/showthread...hreadid=556685


    --

    Dave Peterson

  7. #7
    MIKE
    Guest

    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    whew! I guess it was just that I had to format the cells. Thanks a
    million dave! ;-)

    Mike



    Dave Peterson wrote:
    > Format that cell (BL20 as General or anything other than text), then retype the
    > formula.
    >
    > But I like this instead:
    >
    > =if(a20="","",a20)
    >
    >
    >
    > MIKE wrote:
    > >
    > > For some reason it just shows in that cell "=A20"
    > >
    > > This is driving me nuts. What am I doing wrong?
    > >
    > > Spreadsheet wrote:
    > > > In cell BL20 type =A20.
    > > >
    > > > Now, anything entered in A20 will appear in BL20.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Spreadsheet
    > > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > > Spreadsheet's Profile: http://www.excelforum.com/member.php...o&userid=34730
    > > > View this thread: http://www.excelforum.com/showthread...hreadid=556685

    >
    > --
    >
    > Dave Peterson



  8. #8
    Gord Dibben
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    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    OK

    You've got lotsa help but see where my "typo" question came from........

    > For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.


    You refer to BL20 twice. Once for A20 and once for B20.


    Gord

    On 28 Jun 2006 15:02:22 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:

    >Hi Gord,
    >
    >Thanks for the prompt reply. No typo. It's the content that is in
    >cell A20(yeah it's the first column) that I want to automatically fill
    >in: BL20. That way I don't have to type it twice. The same for A21
    >copied to BL21.
    >
    >Thanks again,
    >
    >Mike
    >
    >
    >
    >Gord Dibben wrote:
    >> Looks like a typo in your post.
    >>
    >> Perhaps AL20 same as A20?
    >>
    >> In AL20 enter =A20
    >>
    >> Drag/copy that across to BL20
    >>
    >>
    >> Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP
    >>
    >> On 28 Jun 2006 14:29:38 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:
    >>
    >> >Hi everyone,
    >> >
    >> >I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
    >> >to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    >> >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.
    >> >
    >> >How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
    >> >cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
    >> >I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.
    >> >
    >> >Thanks in advance,
    >> >
    >> >Mike



  9. #9
    MIKE
    Guest

    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    Sorry about that Gord. Thanks for all your help and everyone else.

    Another ?: How do I make Excel associate numbers to each other?

    For example, I sell on ebay and ebay has category#'s for every
    category. I'm also opening up an e-commerce store. Only thing is that
    the category#'s in my e-commerce store aren't the same as ebay's. I
    wish I could just change the store categories to ebay's, but it's not
    possible. For instance, in my ebay store, PS2 action adventure games
    carry 54321, and in my e-commerce store (off ebay) the category code is
    987654 (these are arbitrary numbers). Is there any way to simplify
    this so when i put in one category code into a cell, another cell would
    translate/associate that code with it's corresponding code?

    Hopefully I didn't sound too confusing.

    Thanks,

    Mike


    Gord Dibben wrote:
    > OK
    >
    > You've got lotsa help but see where my "typo" question came from........
    >
    > > For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    > >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.

    >
    > You refer to BL20 twice. Once for A20 and once for B20.
    >
    >
    > Gord
    >
    > On 28 Jun 2006 15:02:22 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:
    >
    > >Hi Gord,
    > >
    > >Thanks for the prompt reply. No typo. It's the content that is in
    > >cell A20(yeah it's the first column) that I want to automatically fill
    > >in: BL20. That way I don't have to type it twice. The same for A21
    > >copied to BL21.
    > >
    > >Thanks again,
    > >
    > >Mike
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >Gord Dibben wrote:
    > >> Looks like a typo in your post.
    > >>
    > >> Perhaps AL20 same as A20?
    > >>
    > >> In AL20 enter =A20
    > >>
    > >> Drag/copy that across to BL20
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP
    > >>
    > >> On 28 Jun 2006 14:29:38 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:
    > >>
    > >> >Hi everyone,
    > >> >
    > >> >I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
    > >> >to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    > >> >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.
    > >> >
    > >> >How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
    > >> >cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
    > >> >I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.
    > >> >
    > >> >Thanks in advance,
    > >> >
    > >> >Mike



  10. #10
    Gord Dibben
    Guest

    Re: quick ? on how to auto fill text from one cell to another

    Mike

    If you have the two lists of associated/corresponding numbers in adjacent
    columns you can use a VLOOKUP formula to achieve what you want.

    Assume you have Sheet2 col A with ebay numbers and col B with your corresponding
    numbers. 100 numbers per column

    In B1 of sheet1 enter this formula =VLOOKUP(A1,Sheet2!A1:B100,2,FALSE)

    In A1 of sheet1 enter an ebay number.

    Your number will be returned to B1

    Then you'll want to learn how to make a Data Validation drop-down in sheet1 A1
    so's you can just pick from the drop-down.

    Best to visit Debra Dalgleish's site for DV ins and outs.

    http://www.contextures.on.ca/xlDataVal01.html

    Also see her index at http://www.contextures.on.ca/tiptech.html

    Tons of info and laid out very nicely with lots of screen shots for clarity.

    One of our most often referenced sites.


    Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP

    On 28 Jun 2006 16:29:16 -0700, "MIKE" <President@Roofus-inc.com> wrote:

    >Sorry about that Gord. Thanks for all your help and everyone else.
    >
    >Another ?: How do I make Excel associate numbers to each other?
    >
    >For example, I sell on ebay and ebay has category#'s for every
    >category. I'm also opening up an e-commerce store. Only thing is that
    >the category#'s in my e-commerce store aren't the same as ebay's. I
    >wish I could just change the store categories to ebay's, but it's not
    >possible. For instance, in my ebay store, PS2 action adventure games
    >carry 54321, and in my e-commerce store (off ebay) the category code is
    >987654 (these are arbitrary numbers). Is there any way to simplify
    >this so when i put in one category code into a cell, another cell would
    >translate/associate that code with it's corresponding code?
    >
    >Hopefully I didn't sound too confusing.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >Mike
    >
    >
    >Gord Dibben wrote:
    >> OK
    >>
    >> You've got lotsa help but see where my "typo" question came from........
    >>
    >> > For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    >> >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.

    >>
    >> You refer to BL20 twice. Once for A20 and once for B20.
    >>
    >>
    >> Gord
    >>
    >> On 28 Jun 2006 15:02:22 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:
    >>
    >> >Hi Gord,
    >> >
    >> >Thanks for the prompt reply. No typo. It's the content that is in
    >> >cell A20(yeah it's the first column) that I want to automatically fill
    >> >in: BL20. That way I don't have to type it twice. The same for A21
    >> >copied to BL21.
    >> >
    >> >Thanks again,
    >> >
    >> >Mike
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >Gord Dibben wrote:
    >> >> Looks like a typo in your post.
    >> >>
    >> >> Perhaps AL20 same as A20?
    >> >>
    >> >> In AL20 enter =A20
    >> >>
    >> >> Drag/copy that across to BL20
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP
    >> >>
    >> >> On 28 Jun 2006 14:29:38 -0700, President@Roofus-inc.com wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> >Hi everyone,
    >> >> >
    >> >> >I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
    >> >> >to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
    >> >> >the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.
    >> >> >
    >> >> >How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
    >> >> >cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
    >> >> >I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.
    >> >> >
    >> >> >Thanks in advance,
    >> >> >
    >> >> >Mike



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