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I would like to define a range. Top row to be categories and rows below be sub categories. Following use a drop down box or list to select category and sub category.
20140122-Experts-Exchange---cate.xlsx
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by:Rob Henson
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Are you trying to then Filter a data set based on your selections? Which version of Excel?

If your data is in a list/table format you might be able to use Slicers that were introduced in 2010.

In the meantime I will look at existing file.

Rob H
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See attached.

DataValidation dropdown in C21, validation list stright from top row of table.
DataValidation dropdown in C22, validation from list generated by a named dynamic data range.

Dynamic Range uses formula:

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$C$5,1,MATCH(Sheet1!$C$21,Sheet1!$D$5:$K$5,0),12,1)

This creates a list using OFFSET function:

=OFFSET(Reference, RowOffset, ColumnOffset, Height, Width)

Reference = C5, top left of table
Row Offset = 1, subcategory data starts in next row down
Column Offset = uses MATCH function to match the category in C21 within the table headers.
Height = number of entries in list, I have set arbitrarily to 12 but could be set with formula if so required.
Width = Set to 1 as you only need one column.

Thanks
Rob H
Category-and-SubCategory.xlsx
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by:WTC_Services
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Hi Rob H,

The attached Excel spread sheet does not seem to have any editing?

Cheers

Mark
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Rob Henson earned 500 total points
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Hi Mark,

If you put the cursor in C21 you should get a dropdown to the right hand end to select a value.

Once that value is selected, the options in a similar dropdwon in C22 will change accordingly.

Thanks
Rob H
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by:WTC_Services
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Excellent prompt answer, thank you
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