Auto complete text in a drop down list cell

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Hi everyone, 


Trying to do a spreadsheet and figured out how to make the drop down list box (yay).


But I would like to have the option of auto completion of words when I type a few letters instead of scrolling down the list every single time (for the most frequent ones I use).


Is there a way I can do this please?

My automatic cell completion is turned on, and works for non-list cells.


Thanks to all the brains that can help me out

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Excel doesn't allows the drop down to Autocomplete, generally we use for Data Validation. 


Therefore you have to work with Combo box, is one of the Active X controls.


Please check this link,,, I've shown how to do it all about Autocomplete.


Hit this link 

@Rajesh-S I followed along well until it said "reach to linked cell ..." sorry.


I have my Data on one sheet, and the form on the other.  How do I link it from sheet 3 (data) to be on the combo box on sheet 1?


Or no no?

The link I've show with my post has solution,,,, and it's properly elaborated,, unable to realize that where U got stuck,,, if possible better share the Workbook with me and let me examine it to Fix.
If you really want to do it in DropDown, here is a video and examples to download, everything simply explained by Microsoft.

Create a drop-down list

I would be happy to know if I could help.

I know I don't know anything (Socrates)



Here dropdown with ComboBox where it reacts to the letter input.



I would be happy to know if I could help.



I know I don't know anything (Socrates)





I am trying to use this, but the sheet I want it to autocomplete is a different sheet from the one where the list is.  So I have a column in August that I want to populate with employees names.  The list in in sheet settings under D2:D65.

I can't seem to make this work at all, and I need to be able to give me the employees quicker so I can do data entry on the August sheet. 

Can you make this work when I don't know VBA?





Without VBA this will hardly work,,, you do one thing,, upload the WB and mention in which column or cell you want to use it then I'll apply the VBA and send back the sheet to you ☺

@Rajesh-S   Great!  I will do that tomorrow.  Thanks!  Liz

Have you tried with VLOOKUP, or even better, XLOOKUP to link different sheets? They worked great for me. Good luck with that
@Rajesh-S I saw your reply here and wonder if you'd be able to add VBA to my file as well? I also would like to allow auto complete text in a drop down list cell. Thank you!


i have succesed created a list combo box (Active X Control) and vba code :


Private Sub ComboBox1_Change()
ComboBox1.ListFillRange = "DropDownList"
End Sub


and the combo box like this :


but if i want to select the list data below by arrow (on the keyboard), excel in error  like this :



how to solved this problem..?


You can try using a free Excel add-in.
Just google "Excel add-in called Search deList".
I'll give it a shot!



This "Search deList" add-in is actually pretty good. It gives you a unique, sorted & non-blank list in the combo box.
It also works without lag on large list, I tried it on about 12K rows of data.
Thank you for the info.