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Excel For Noobs Tutorial: Data Entry Techniques (AutoCorrect, AutoComplete, Tables, Current Dates and Times)

Data Entry Techniques

By now you should be fairly efficient at entering data and navigating through Excel. However, there are many techniques that we haven’t gone over that will make your time working in Excel even more efficient. Imagine you had a list of suppliers which all supplied the same products, and you were assigned the task of populating an Excel table with their names, inventory and prices. You would obviously want to do this in the most efficient way possible, right? Working efficiently means finding steps that can be eliminated. Continuously typing the company names and products over and over again is one of those steps that needs to be eliminated. Let’s work with an example to introduce some efficient data entry techniques.

Suppose we have three companies which all supply car audio equipment, Florida Stereo Supply Company, Central Florida Audio Supply & South East Audio Supply Company. We need to populate a table that list their company names, their products, and their prices.

AutoCorrect to Replace an Abbreviation with a Word



Step 1: Click on File > Options and the Excel Options Dialog Box will appear.

Step 2: Click on Proofing and then click on the AutoCorrect Options button and the AutoCorrect Options dialog box will appear.

Step 3: In the Replace box type in FSSC and in the With box type Florida Stereo Supply Company and press Add. Then in Replace box type in CFAS and in the With box type Central Florida Audio Supply and press Add. Finally type in SEAS in the Replace box and South East Audio Supply in the With box. Click Add, click OK and then press OK on the Excel Options Dialog Box.

data entry techniques AutoCorrect to replace abbreviation with a word


Step 4: Activate cell B6, hold down the Shift button and click on cell D14. Now you have selected a range of cells to work in. The first cell in the range should automatically be activated.

Step 5: Type FSSC and press Enter and type CFAS and press Enter and then type SEAS and press Enter. Continue this pattern until cells B6 though B14 are filled. Then make the cells fit the company names.

AutoComplete

Step 1: In Cell C6 type Audiobahn 600W Amp and press Enter.

Step 2: Start typing Audiobahn and you will see that Excel automatically filled the cell with the content you just typed in cell C6. This is the AutoComplete feature. Press Enter and then do the same thing in cell C8. Continue filling in Column C with data all the way to row 14 but enter Alpine 600W Amp in rows 9 through 11 and Sony 600W Amp in rows 12 through 14.

AutoComplete in Excel 2013


Step 3: Enter the following numbers in order from cell D6 to cell D14, 425, 400, 415, 380, 390, 370, 500, 510, 490. Format the numbers to currency.

Tables in Excel

Step 1: Make sure the range of cells B6 through D14 is still selected. Click on Insert and then click Table in the Tables group. When the Create Table dialog box appears just press OK. Replace the category titles as shown in the image.

Excel 2013 Tables


Step 2: Now click on the down arrows in the table and experiment with sorting the table rows. This is an especially useful feature with large tables.

Excel 2013 Tables

Entering Current Dates and Times and Excel

Suppose that we want to let people who are working with this table know when it was last updated and we also want to have the current date in a cell that automatically updates the worksheet with the current date and time.

In cell A2 press CTRL + semicolon and today’s date will be entered. In cell B2 press CTRL + SHIFT + semicolon and the current time will be entered.

In cell A4 enter the =TODAY() and that cell in the workbook will always be updated with the current date. If you open this workbook 1 week from today then the date will be updated to that date.

In cell B4 enter =NOW() and this cell will always display the current time. You could open this workbook 5 hours later and the time would be correct.

how to enter the current date and current time in excel


In this tutorial we have introduced you to some data entry techniques that will make your time working in Microsoft Excel even more efficient. We showed you how to work within a range of cells, use AutoCorrect to replace abbreviations with long titles and names, use AutoComplete to save time from typing repetitive words, insert tables to organize data and finally how to insert the current dates and times. What we have done is simply introduced these techniques to you. The best way to learn Excel is to practice and experiment on your own in combination with these tutorials.

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