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Hi Tom

Just a simple question on this “copy & paste” trick which I thought it would work but somehow it didn’t

To illustrate with a simple example – the sheet has many columns where column A has all product codes and column D has client country of origin
Product “AABB-1” in column A corresponds to many countries in column D i.e. US, UK, Australia etc…
I have applied filter and selected all “AABB-1” product code in column A that has “UK” in column D – then I need to change the product name from “AABB-1” to “AABB-1 TBC”
This is what I did:  1) select those filtered cells in column A with “AABB-1”  
         2) press ALT + ;
         3) copy “AABB-1 TBC” to the selections

Somehow it didn’t work properly – for example row 4 and 6 are the filtered ones but product code in row 5 was replaced with new one as well. I thought by press ALT + ; it would only select those filtered result?



I had my data filtered so only AABB-1 rows were visible.  I typed AABB-1 TBC in a random cell not in the data and copied it

I selected all the data in column A and then did ALT + ;    That reduced the selection of all cells to just the visible cells.  I then did a paste and it worked as expected for me.  

When I selected the data in column A, it selects both hidden and unhidden.  Doing the ALT + ;  was equivalent to doing F5 (Go To), selecting special and then selecting visible and OK.

So it worked for me.  

An alternative would be to select the filtered data with the first visible cell as the active cell.  Do your Alt + ; to just select the visible cells.  Edit the Active Cell to change it to AABB-1 TBC, then hit Ctrl + Enter rather than just enter and it will update all the selected cells (the visible cells).  

Reading your post, it appears that you did the proper steps so I can only describe what worked for me and you can judge if that is different from what you did.  

Tom Ogilvy  
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