Data validation - pasted input won't auto-fill validation list item

bipolarbear

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I am doing some conditional data validation and I have a huge chuck of data that I am pasting into the spreadsheet and I'm wondering if there is a way to make the pasted data auto-fill with the validated items?

I have two columns with data validation (keyword, description) where description is dependent on the value of the keyword. This all works fine and is setup properly. The problem occurs when I paste values into the spreadsheet (the data validation is still there), but a keyword that exactly matches an item in the validated list does not "auto-select" from the dropdown, which makes my second column not populate with the appropriate description options. Does that make sense?

For example, if I select the Keyword "Door" in column one, I get a Description dropdown with the options "Open" or "Closed". However, if I paste the word "Door" into the keyword cell, it does not register as validated data.

Another note (based on previous example), if I select "Door" and had "Closed" pasted into the second column, it does pick it from the list automatically.

Sorry if this is a confusing example, but I have a lot of pre-entered data, that I don't won't to go through each row and reselect the item from the list for each. Is there any code I can write to expedite this process?

Any input is appreciated! Feel free to ask questions if any of that doesn't make sense...

Thanks,

Rob
 

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