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Using Data Validation to prevent invalid data from being entered into a cell.  Validation criteria is to allow only data from a List.

Values for the list are contained in a separate worksheet in the same workbook.  Is it possible to create a list of valid items using VLOOKUP?

VLOOKUP looks for a value in the leftmost column of a table, and then returns a value in the same row from a column that I specify.  It doesn't produce a list.
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by:Katie Pierce
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Not entirely clear on what's giving you trouble, but check out this article:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/Excel/A_17079-Creating-an-Efficient-Dashboard-in-Excel.html

It dives into using VLOOKUP across multiple sheets within a workbook.  Hope it helps!
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by:FarWest
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could you elaborate more about the problem
because you can select value range for list validation from other sheets in the workbook
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by:clock1
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Sheet 1 contains 3 entries in cells A1:A3.  Want list validation for B1:B3.  So, B1 list contains 2 items Onions, Turnips.  User can only pick from these 2 items as entries in B1.

Sheet1:
Col A       Col B
Red
Green
Blue

Sheet2:
Col A      Col B
Green    Apples
Green    Potatoes
Red        Onions
Red        Turnips
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by:clock1
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Reviewed the link and not making the connection using pivot tables.

My need is to control what the user chooses to enter in the cell.  Not to retrieve data.

Am I missing the point?
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by:Katie Pierce
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Well, once you've done a pivot table to identify those specific results with the inputs, you can use that to be the name for a dropdown list.
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by:FarWest
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I have done similar thing, as I recall  using indirect function without pivot tables , sorry it is after midnight in my local time, I will get back to you after few hours
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FarWest earned 500 total points
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attached is the solution,
but you need to add a column for the look up list that needs to be filled with ranges that belongs to column A,

good luck
Book1Lookup.xlsx
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by:clock1
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Thanks.
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