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How to create data validity list from a search function [closed]

asked 2012-06-21 17:59:00 +0200

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updated 2013-01-28 07:28:52 +0200

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Hello, I'm trying to create a dropdown list using Data Validity. I would like the dropdown list to be populated based on returned search results using a VLOOKUP or similar function. The list should be populated by searching for the contents of cell A2 within worksheet 1, and be the contents of cells in Column C that correspond with instances of A2.

It seems that this would be possible entering a VLOOKUP function as an array in the Data Validity box. However, Data Validity doesn't seem to like arrays, or I'm simply doing it wrong. Can anyone suggest a way for me to make this work?

Thanks and regards, Gary

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answered 2012-06-21 23:36:46 +0200

m.a.riosv gravatar image

I think VLOOKUP() isn't proper to do in data validity.

Try: INDEX($B$1:$IV$4;MATCH(A8;$A$1:$A$4;0))

to select the list of values $B$1:$IV$4 in the row in which A8 is located.

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@gdayton -- Does this answer work for you?

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-03-13 09:45:24 +0200 )edit

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