How to create drop down list from another workbook in Excel?
It is quite easy to create a data validation drop down list among worksheets within a workbook. But if the source data you need for the drop-down list locates in another workbook, how would you do? In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a drop fown list from another workbook in Excel in details.
For creating drop dpwn list from another workbook, please do as follows.
1. Firstly, rename the workbook that contains the source data as “SourceData” or others you like. After renaming the workbook, open it.
2. Select the source data range (A2:A10 in this case), and then click Formulars > Define Name. See screenshot:
3. In the popping up New Name dialog box, type SourceList in the Name box, and click the OK button.
4. Press Ctrl + S to save the workbook.
5. Open the workbook where you want to create the drop down list, and click Formula > Define Name.
6. In the New Name dialog box, you need to:
7. Select the cells for inserting the drop down list, and click Data > Data Validation.
8. In this Data Validation dialog box, go to the Settings tab, select List in the Allow drop-down list, enter =New in the Source box, and finally click the OK button. See screenshot:
Note: The =New you entered into the Source box is the range name you specified in above step 6.
9. Then a Microsoft Excel prompt box pops up, just click the Yes button.
Now the drop dow list is created with the data in other workbook. See screenshot:
Note: This method is somewhat frustrated, when using the drop-down list, you need to make sure the source data workbook is opened, otherwise, the drop down list won't display.
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- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 6 months agoI am looking for the configuration info to be in another file/workbook. This suggestion doesn't really fit the the need. Thank you.
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- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 3 years agoDidn't work
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 4 years agoIt works only if both workbooks are opened :(
If SourceData.xlsx file is closed the drop-down list won't scrolled...
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 years agoThis is true. Frustrating.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 4 years agoThank you very much, l have managed to link my drop down list to another in a separate workbook.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 4 years agohow to get a list from another work sheet in a different folder? EX. i have a worksheet.xls and i have another sheet in folder link as new folder/worksheet.xls
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 6 years agoIt seems as if you close the source data workbook, the dropdowns in the New workbook do not work.
Do you have to have both workbooks open at the same time?
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 5 years agoYes. The source list needs to be open always.
Otherwise, it does not work.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 8 months agoIT S WORKINGTHANK U