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How to synchronize drop-down lists in multiple worksheets in Excel?

Suppose you have drop-down lists on several worksheets in a workbook that contain exactly the same drop-down items. Now you want to synchronize the drop-down lists across worksheets so that once you select an item from a drop-down list in one worksheet, the drop-down lists in other worksheets are automatically synchronized the same selection. This article provides a VBA code to help you solve this problem.

Synchronize drop-down lists in multiple worksheets with VBA code


Synchronize drop-down lists in multiple worksheets with VBA code

For example, the drop-down lists are in five worksheets named Sheet1, Sheet2, ..., Sheet5, to synchronize the drop-down lists in other worksheets according to the drop-down selection in Sheet1, please apply the following VBA code to get it done.

1. Open Sheet1, right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the right-click menu.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, paste the following VBA code into the Sheet1 (Code) window.

VBA code: Synchronize drop-down list in multiple worksheets

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20220815
    Dim tSheet1 As Worksheet
    Dim tRange As Range
    Dim xRangeStr As String
    On Error Resume Next
    If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
    
    xRangeStr = "A2:A11"

    Set tRange = Intersect(Target, Range(xRangeStr))
    If Not tRange Is Nothing Then
        xRangeStr = tRange.Address
        Application.EnableEvents = False
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet2")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr).Value = Target.Value
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet3")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr).Value = Target.Value
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet4")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr).Value = Target.Value
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet5")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr).Value = Target.Value
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
    
End Sub

Notes:

1) In the code, A2:A11 is the range containing the drop-down list. Make sure that all drop-down lists are in the same range across different worksheets.
2) Sheet2, Sheet3, Sheet4 and Sheet5 are worksheets that contain drop-down lists you want to synchronize based on the drop-down list in Sheet1;
3) To add more worksheets in the code, please add the following two lines before the line “Application.EnableEvents = True”, then change the sheet name “Sheet5” to the name you need.
Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet5")
tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr).Value = Target.Value

3. Press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

From now on, when you select an item from the drop-down list in Sheet1, the drop-down lists in the specified worksheets will be synchronized automatically to have the same selection. See the below demo.


Demo: Synchronize Drop-Down Lists In Multiple Worksheets In Excel


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Hi,

How can I do this if my dropdowns are in different ranges? To elaborate, I have one drop down in sheet 7 that is in cell B7 and the same dropdown on sheet 6 in cell B2.

Thank you,
Elaine
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Hi E,
The following VBA code can help.
Here I take Sheet6 as the main worksheet, right click the sheet tab, select View Code from the right-click menu, then copy the following code in the Sheet6 (Code) window. When you select any item from the drop-down list in B2 of Sheet6, the drop-down list in B7 of Sheet7 will be cynchronized to have the same selected item.

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20221025
    Dim tSheet1 As Worksheet
    Dim tRange As Range
    Dim xRangeStr As String
    On Error Resume Next
    If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
    
    xRangeStr = "B2"
    
    Set tRange = Range("B7")
    If Not tRange Is Nothing Then
        xRangeStr = tRange.Address
        Application.EnableEvents = False
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet7")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr).Value = Target.Value
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
    
End Sub
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Hi Crystal,

Thank you so much for your response, your code worked! I have a cell right under b2 and b7, b3 and b8 respectively that need to have the same function. I tried to rewrite your code as shown below, however this did not work. It caused b7 instead of b8 to change when I changed b3. Might you be able to identify what I am doing wrong?

Thank you so much!

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20221025
    Dim tSheet1 As Worksheet
    Dim tRange1 As Range
    Dime tRange2 As Range
    Dim xRangeStr1 As String
    Dim xRangeStr2 As String
    On Error Resume Next
    If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
    
    xRangeStr1 = "B2"
    xRangeStr2="B3"
    
    Set tRange1 = Range("B7")
    If Not tRange1 Is Nothing Then
        xRangeStr1 = tRange1.Address
        Application.EnableEvents = False
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet7")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr1).Value = Target.Value
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
    
    Set tRange2 = Range("B8")
    If Not tRange2 Is Nothing Then
        xRangeStr2 = tRange2.Address
        Application.EnableEvents = False
        Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet7")
        tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr2).Value = Target.Value
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If

End Sub
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Hi E,
There is something wrong with the VBA code I replied to you above.
For the new question you mentioned, please try the following code.

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20221031
    
    Dim xBool1 As Boolean
    Dim xBool2 As Boolean
    Dim xRgStr As String
    Dim tRange As Range
    
    xRangeStr1 = "B2"
    xRangeStr2 = "B3"
    xRgStr = ""
    
    On Error Resume Next
    If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
    xBool1 = Intersect(Target, Range(xRangeStr1)) Is Nothing
    xBool2 = Intersect(Target, Range(xRangeStr2)) Is Nothing
    
    If xBool1 And xBool2 Then Exit Sub
    
    xRgStr = Target.Address(False, False, xlA1, False, False)
    
    If Target.Address(False, False, xlA1, False, False) = xRangeStr1 Then
        xRgStr = "b7"
    ElseIf Target.Address(False, False, xlA1, False, False) = xRangeStr2 Then
        xRgStr = "b8"
    End If
    If xRgStr = "" Then Exit Sub
    
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet7")
    tSheet1.Range(xRgStr).Value = Target.Value
    Application.EnableEvents = True

End Sub
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Crystal,

Thank you so much for your response, this worked! How could I modify the code to add another cell in the same sheet 6, B3 that also needed to be synchronized with B8 in sheet 7? I have attempted to modify it below, however it ends up putting the contents of B3 on sheet 6 in B7 on sheet 7 instead of B8.


Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20221025
Dim tSheet1 As Worksheet
Dim tRange1 As Range
Dim tRange2 As Range
Dim xRangeStr1 As String
Dim xRangeStr2 As String
On Error Resume Next
If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub

xRangeStr1 = "B2"
xRangeStr2 = "B3"

Set tRange1 = Range("B7")
If Not tRange1 Is Nothing Then
xRangeStr1 = tRange1.Address
Application.EnableEvents = False
Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet7")
tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr1).Value = Target.Value
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If

Set tRange2 = Range("B8")
If Not tRange2 Is Nothing Then
xRangeStr2 = tRange2.Address
Application.EnableEvents = False
Set tSheet1 = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet7")
tSheet1.Range(xRangeStr2).Value = Target.Value
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If

End Sub
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