A drop-down list in excel is a feature that allows users to choose from a list of options. It is a handy feature that allows users to enter the data faster and accurately. It's an excellent way to give the user the pre-defined list.
Create A Drop-Down List
To create a drop-down list in Excel, follow these steps:
- Select the cell which you want the drop-down list to appear in.
- From the Data tab of the ribbon and select Data Validation.
- Change what’s allowed from ‘Any Value’ to ‘List’
- In the ‘Source’ box that appears,
- Type the list of items separated by a comma.
Your drop-down list is ready.
- Select the source box, then use your mouse to select the cells containing values that you’d like to use for the drop-down list.
The drop-down list is now created.
Allow Other Entries
You can create a drop-down list that allows you to enter other entries apart from the options given. To do that, follow these steps:
- Go to the data validation function arguments.
- On the Error Alert tab, uncheck 'Show error alert after invalid data is entered'.
- Click OK
Add Items to the List
You can also add the additional elements to your drop-down list without opening the data validation argument window. To add the elements, follow these steps:
- To add an item to a drop-down list, go to the items, and select an item.
- Right-click and select Insert.
- Select "Shift cells down" and click OK.
- Type a new item and click Enter. It adds the new item to the list.
Input Message Tab
You can set the input message to explain what data it allows in a given cell. This tab is optional.
- Check 'Show input message when the cell is selected'.
- Enter a title.
- Enter an Input message.
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A drop-down list in Excel is an excellent way to limit the options for user entry. It ensures it enters the right data into a cell. We discussed ways in which we can create a drop-down list.
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