Excel Dependent Drop Down list

Original Question:-

How to create dependent drop down list in Excel?

Sheet! Data comprises list of revised data.
Sheet! Actual - Col A (I had created the dropdown list)
Sheet! Actual - Col B (I need help to create a droplist of Name of children that are dependent on the selected parent).



Data Sheet:-

Sheet 1


Actual Sheet:-

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For dynamic drop down menu we use Excel index function along with Match function.

To create dependent drop down list in Excel follow below given steps:-

  • Define the name of range parent list and Child list.
  • Select the parent list range.
  • Go to “Formulas” tab > Name Manager > New Name > Define the name > Define the range to parent.

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  • By following the same steps define the name to child range.

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  • In Actual sheet select the cell A4 where we want to create the parent’s drop down list.
  • Go to Data tab > Data validation > Settings > List > Source (=Parents) > Click on ok.

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  • To create the children’s drop down list follow below steps:-
  • Go to Data tab > Data validation > Settings > List
  • Enter the formula in Source =INDEX(Child_Names,MATCH(A4,Parents,0),0)
  • Click on ok.

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When we select the Parent name from the list then their children name’s list will be contain.


Dependent Drop list in Excel

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