Quick Data Entry Trick for Excel

Written by Debra Dalgleish from Contextures Blog

This quick data entry trick for Excel works best in a table where you already have quite a few entries. To see the trick, watch the short video below. There are written steps too, below the video.

Video: Quick Data Entry Trick

In this video, there are several rows of data in a named Excel table.

  • First, see a data entry trick for columns that do NOT have a data validation drop down.
  • Next, see a similar trick for columns that DO have a data validation drop down

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Quick Pick from List

Here’s an example of how I use the quick pick trick. Every day I enter weather info in a worksheet, with the high temperature, and a short description of the weather conditions.

To quickly enter the description, I do this:

  • Type the first letter or two in the cell
  • Press Alt+the down arrow

That opens the Pick From List feature, which shows previously entered text items in that column, in alphabetical order.

Select an item in the drop down list

Select an Item

When the list opens, it selects the first item that starts with the letters that you typed — that’s a time-saver!

  • To select a different item, use the arrow keys to scroll up or down
  • When the item that you want is selected, press the Enter key, to add it to the active cell.

Missing Items

The Pick From Drop-down List shows all the previously entered text items in the column.

However, it won’t show items that are numbers or dates. In the screen shot below, the dollar amount and the date are missing from the list.


Use the Mouse

If you’d rather use the mouse than the keyboard, right-click on a cell, and click “Pick from Drop-down List”.

Pick From Drop-down List

Data Validation Cells

You can even use this Alt+Down Arrow trick in cells that have a Data Validation (DV) drop down list.

NOTE: For DV cells, you have to type a letter or two, or the Alt+ Down Arrow shortcut will open the full Data Validation list.

The trick can save you time if:

  • there’s a long list of items in the DV drop down, AND
  • the item you want has already been entered in the data entry column


Quick Data Entry Trick for Excel



Quick Data Entry Trick for Excel


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