Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Turning Off AutoFill for a Workbook.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 3, 2016)
The AutoFill feature of Excel can be a great timesaver when entering information. However, you may want to disable the feature for a particular workbook; perhaps you don't want the feature to be used by anyone using your workbook. Doing so is easy if you create a macro that can recognize when you are working with that particular workbook.
To turn off the AutoFill feature for a particular workbook, follow these steps:
Private Sub Workbook_Activate() Application.CellDragAndDrop = False End Sub
Private Sub Workbook_Deactivate() Application.CellDragAndDrop = True End Sub
The first macro is only run when the particular workbook is activated. In other words, when the workbook attains focus or is selected. When a different workbook attains focus, then the second macro is executed.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11197) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off AutoFill for a Workbook.
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