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How to create a drop down list from another drop down list in Excel?

In this tutorial, I introduce the way to create a drop down list from another drop down list as below screenshot shown in Excel.
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Create a drop down list from another drop down list

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reate a drop down list from another drop down list


For example, here are some country names, and every country has its own scenic spots, and now I want to create the first drop down list about country name, and then create the second drop down list about the scenic spots, which means that, I only can choose the scenic from of the second drop down list based on the selected country in first drop down list.
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1. Select the country names, go to the Name box, give a name for the range, press Enter key. See screenshot:
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2. Define scenic cells of each country as named range and name with a country name. See screenshot:

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3. Then select a cell you want to create the first drop down list, and click Data > Data Validation > Data Validation. See screenshot:
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4. In the Data Validation dialog, under the Settings tab, choose List from the Allow section, and type =Country into the Source textbox, Country is the range name you give to the counties in step 1. See screenshot:
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5, click OK. The first drop down list has been created.
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Now to create the second drop down list.

6. Select a cell you want to create the second drop down list, click Data > Data Validation > Data Validation.

7. In the Data Validation dialog, under the Settings tab, choose List from the Allow list, and type =INDIRECT($A$5) into the Source textbox, $A$5 is the cell you create the first drop down list in. See screenshot:
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8. click OK.

Now the second drop down list has been created. See screenshots:
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Alternate Row/Column Shading (quickly shade alternate row/columns as you need.)

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