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Hi all,

I've got a simple sheet here:

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On a different sheet, I need this to happen:

In cell A1, If I choose either "Apple" or "Orange", I need a data validation type drop-down in cell B1 that only shows the type of that fruit.

So for example, if i choose "Apple" in cell A1, I can only choose in cell B1: "Granny Smith", "Red Delicious", or "Fuji".

Thanks in advance.
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by:Glenn Ray
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You're looking for a conditional drop list that uses data validation.  To make it work, you'll need to create dynamic range names that will select the dependent data.

This EE question has both a link to an online article and an example solution that I provided that demonstrates it.
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28498440/Picking-from-a-conditional-drop-down-list.html

-Glenn
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I've made a version of my example workbook from the previous EE question with your data as a guide.  

It does require a separate table for each input cell.  There is a dynamic range name called "TypeList" that will select the correct fruit types based on the value in cell B1 on the "Inputs" sheet.

Regards,
-Glenn
EE-Pick-from-dropdown2.xlsx
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Worked beautifully. Thank you.
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You're welcome.  Dynamic range names are very useful.
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