Create Drop-Down List Using a Formula Without Data Validation

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The data validation tool can be used to build a list. But can you accomplish the same thing using just a formula (and not VBA)?

I can make a reference to a named range in another cell (=Names) if it consists of numerous cells and is named. However, no drop-down menu offering all alternatives will be constructed; only the contents of the first of these cells will be visible.

Is it possible to do this without using VBA and without validating the data?
Nov 8, 2022 in Others by Kithuzzz
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As far as I am aware, it is not possible to generate a drop-down list using a formula rather than data validation, however, the following approach might be utilized to meet your needs.

  1. A page layout like this:

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  1. Data validation formula as following:

    =IF($A$2="List",$C$2:$C$8,$D$2:$D$8)
    

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  1. And also alert option will be disabled ( to be able to add custom data):

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  1. When you write "List" in the cell "A2" you will get the Column C in the drop down list and if you do not write anything in cell "A2" you will get D column in the drop down list.

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answered Nov 8, 2022 by narikkadan
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