How to create a drop down selector in Excel

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Follow these steps to create a drop-down selector in Excel. We will assume you are working in a new workbook.

  1. Add text to cells A1, A2, A3 and A4
    • A1 - boy
    • A2 - girl
    • A3 - mom
    • A4 - data
  2. Select cell B1
  3. In the top menu of excel, select Data
  4. Select Data Validation > Data Validation
  5. In the Data Validation dialog box, on the Settings tab, select List in the Allow drop-down selector
  6. Select the icon to the right of the sources field, and highlight cells A1 through A4 (you could also type =$A$1:$A$4 into the sources field)
  7. Select OK

 

Cell B1 should now contain a drop-down selector with the options in cells A1 through A4.



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