Excel Drop Down List Overview
When a drop-down list is added to a cell, an arrow is displayed next to it. Clicking on the arrow will open the list and allow you to select one of the list items to enter into the cell.
The data used in the list can be located:
- on the same worksheet as the list
- on a different worksheet in the same workbook
- in a different workbook
Tutorial: Using Data Stored in a Different Workbook
In this tutorial we will create a drop down list using a list of entries located in a different workbook.
Advantages for using a list of entries located in a different workbook include centralizing list data if it is used by multiple users and protecting the data from accidental or intentional change.
Note: When the list data is stored in a separate workbook both workbooks must be open in order for the list to work.
Following the steps in the tutorial topics below walks you through creating, using, and changing the drop down list similar to the one seen in the image above.
These tutorial instructions, however, do not include formatting steps for the worksheets.
This will not interfere with completing the tutorial. Your worksheet will look different than the example on page 1, but the drop down list will give you the same results.