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Excel 97 - Make a drop down selection, and then calculate on it

Posted on 2001-07-27
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Howdy Experts -

I want to make a field in Excel where users can select text values from a drop down list, and then that value will be used in 'if' formulas elsewhere in the sheet.  Is this possible?

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Hi Thorin,

You can do what you want by using the 'Data Validation' feature. Try this:

1/ Select cell to put drop-down in
2/ Go to Data/Validation
3/ On Tab 'Settings', set the drop-down 'Allow' to 'List'
4/ Make sure that 'In-Cell dropdown' is checked
5/ In the Text Box 'Source', type the different text entries, just separated by commas, like below

one,two,three,four

6/ Determine value selected by using the cell address of the data validation just created, for example:

=If(C5="one",1,If(C5="two",2,If(C5="three",3,If(C5="four",4,"N/A"))))

Good Luck
Calacuccia
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I wasn't going to give you the points because I was working in cell C8....but I figured you were close enough!  Just kidding...  :-)

Thanks very much that was exactly right, and you explained it very well.  Keep an eye out for more questions because I am sure this particular project I am working on will create more!

Thanks again...

-Thorin
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You're welcome, Thorin.

Keep 'em coming ;-)

calacuccia
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