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I'm sending out a tracker to several hunder people to fill out and so that the data is standardized I've done some drop-down menu data validation based on some menus I've defined on a different sheet in the same workbook.

For one of the drop downs "Org. Code" I'm wondering if it can eliminated some of the 50+ codes based what the user selects from the "Org. Title" menu.

Basically every Org. Title matches up to 1-3 Org. Codes it would be alot easier if the user only had to choose from the 1-3 relevant Org. Codes rather than the 50+.
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-Polak,

Please see the attached file. I used Data Validation to create the dropdowns on the Data Entry worksheet, and put in some dummy Org Titles and Org Codes on the Lookup worksheet.

The key to making this work is using dynamic Names, such as:

OrigTitles
refers to: =Lookup!$A$2:INDEX(Lookup!$A:$A,MATCH("ZZZZZZZ",Lookup!$A:$A))

GetOrgCodes
refers to: =INDEX(Lookup!$D:$D,MATCH('Data Entry'!A1,Lookup!$C:$C,0)):INDEX(Lookup!$D:$D,MATCH('Data Entry'!A1,Lookup!$C:$C,0)+COUNTIF(Lookup!$C:$C,'Data Entry'!A1)-1)

I then used the Names as the source for List-type data validation.

If you update the org titles/codes, just be sure that all codes for a particular title be on consecutive rows.

Patrick
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-Polak,

Perhaps the attached file might help.

Patrick
dependant-dropdowns02.xls
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Both solutions are technically correct, but patrickab's is easier to follow.
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-Polak - Thanks for the points - Patrick
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