How to use Flash Fill in Excel 2013/2016

In: BlogDate: Apr 06, 2020By: Claire Lickman

Flash Fill is one of the best tools in Excel - but not many people know about it! It's only available in Excel 2013 and 2016.

Learn how it works in this two-minute video.

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How to use Flash Fill in Excel 2013/2016

 

With Flash Fill, Excel can combine the information in two columns for you, or pull out a specific piece of text out of the middle of a cell for you. But you have to train it first.

For example, if you have title, first name and surname in three columns, but want to create a cell with all this information combined, add a fourth column. Type the data into the top cell in this new column and move down into the cell below, as in Nicky's example above. Then, press CTRL + E and Excel will auto complete the rest for you!

Don't confuse this with Autofill - learn about this great time-saving tool in our blog here.

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