It would appear that my documents in Numbers (since upgrading to 3.0 with Mavericks) no longer auto-complete cells.

I've Googled for "turn on auto-complete in Numbers" and found plenty of questions on how to turn it off, all of which point to a simple check box in Preferences -> General. However, that check box no longer seems to be present in the new version.

Is there a way to turn auto-complete back on?

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    Not the only thing removed from Numbers preferences. I wonder if there are still hidden ways to do these...
    – GEdgar
    Nov 5, 2013 at 14:50

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Not right now, but the feature is coming back in a future release within the next six months. Apple has documented the missing features in iWork '13 in a new KB titled About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility, where auto-complete for Numbers is listed as one of the features that will be re-introduced.

The new iWork applications—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—were released for Mac on October 22nd. These applications were rewritten from the ground up to be fully 64-bit and to support a unified file format between OS X and iOS 7 versions, as well as iWork for iCloud beta.

These apps feature an all-new design with an intelligent format panel and many new features such as easy ways to share documents, Apple-designed styles for objects, interactive charts, new templates, and new animations in Keynote.

In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

Some features in upcoming releases in the next 6 months


  • Customize toolbar
  • Improvements to zoom and window placement
  • Multi-column and range sort
  • Auto-complete text in cells
  • Page headers and footers
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

Last Modified: Nov 6, 2013

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