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# Re: [libreoffice-users] autofill in calc

```Hi :)
i guess different people might expect different patterns.  Most of the ones
given in Gary's post make total sense to me.  Generally i avoid leaving it
to any spreadsheet program to try to guess what pattern i want.  Usually 3
values is enough to define a simple arithmetic progression but 4 values is
helpful to just make absolutely certain.

I think you can go into the configurations to define ones you personally
commonly use.  For example when i tried studying fractal dimensions and
chaos theory it might have been handy to have some interesting ones just to
see my lecturer raise his eyebrows.  Now i just live in permanent chaos and
never expect patterns to work out for me.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 16 September 2014 13:04, Brian Barker <b.m.barker@btinternet.com> wrote:

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```At 12:25 16/09/2014 +0100, Gary Collins wrote:

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```I've been using autofill and noted some things, not so much bugs but
queries about the way it works and if it could be better.

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9) starting with a single cell, say, 2 in B1, and extending using
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```autofill, the 2 is incremented to 23,4,5.... etc., i.e. there is an
assumption that the increment should be 1.
Strictly speaking, it should be 0, since a single value doesn't have an
incremental value. To obtain a column containing the same figure in all
cells, it is necessary to enter the same value twice into adjoining cells.

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Two points here:
o It is generally bad practice to repeat the same value a number of times:
it can be a recipe for mistakes. If you need the same value in multiple
rows, it should appear in any necessary formula either as a constant or a
reference to single cell elsewhere. Having it in a separate cell also makes
it easier to modify, if that becomes necessary.
o If you really do want to autofill cells without increment, you can do so
by holding down Ctrl whilst dragging the fill handle.

In addition, you can do cleverer things by first selecting the result
range and then using Edit | Fill > | Series... .

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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