AutoFill is limited to 255 characters in Excel

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When you fill a series in a range of cells, the AutoFill feature may not update the series values in these cells. This behavior occurs if you either use the fill handle to fill a cell value down (or across) a range of cells or if you point to Fill on the Edit menu and then click Series.


In Microsoft Excel, you may enter 32,767 characters into a cell, but the AutoFill feature will not work on cells that contain more than 255 characters. Instead of detecting and filling a series, Microsoft Excel will instead copy the cells.


By dragging the fill handle of a cell, you can copy that cell to other cells in the same row or column. If the cell contains a number, date, or time period that Microsoft Excel can extend in a series, the values are incremented. For example, if you have "Qtr1" (without the quotation marks) in cell A1, and you fill this down to cell A4, you will end up with the following:

   A1: Qtr1
   A2: Qtr2
   A3: Qtr3
   A4: Qtr4


Article ID: 199503 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 4.1
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