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    Fill as you type on a dropdown

    Hello.

    I have a drop down menu pulling from another sheet of inventory items. The issue is that there are so many items that it is somewhat difficult to find the right one quickly on the dropdown. Is there a way to get the field to start filling out the item as I type? However, to make it more complicated if the user is looking for gloves they will likely start typing g l o v and wont find anything because the gloves are written "green medium winter gloves" etc. on the inventory list. Is there a way to do this, in other words make it search inside the cell for matching words?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: Fill as you type on a dropdown

    gluktar,

    Attached is an example workbook based on the criteria you described.
    Is that something you can work with?
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    Re: Fill as you type on a dropdown

    I see the direction you are going, so that is awesome, but I dont think it will quite work. I have attached the sheet so you can see what i need.

    When you start typing something into the item description field on the purchases sheet i want it to pick from the list of items on the inventory list. You can see the gloves starting at c16.
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    Re: Fill as you type on a dropdown

    Unfortunately I don't know of anyway to achieve what you're looking for with a setup like that, without resorting macros. Is a VBA solution something you'd be interested in?

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    Re: Fill as you type on a dropdown

    Well, for now this is an short term solution, and will hopefully be replaces soon with purchased software. So if it takes more than a fancy formula then i dont think we need to pursue it. But thanks anyway,

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    Re: Fill as you type on a dropdown

    Hi gluktar,

    Find the attached that uses some VBA. If you type the word Green or Glove into the discription field and press enter the item# will show an error. BUT - click the dropdown again and you will be shown only Items that have that word in them. Click on one of the list and Item# will be correct.
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