Excel Dependent Drop Down List with Tabular Data

and without Named Ranges

Excel dependent drop list tabular data

How do you handle dynamic data validation lists that refer to parts of your table only? 

In this example we have a tabular data set. On one side we have the Division and the next column we have the list of companies that belong to the division. Instead of having the contents of each drop-down beside each other as we had in the previous tutorial, we now have the contents of each drop-down right below one another. To distinguish which category belongs to which parent, the parent is listed right beside the category. This provides us with a table that has two columns. One for the parent and the other for the content.

We would like to come up with a dynamic formula so that when the user selects a category from the first drop-down (i.e. the parent list), Excel figures out which part of the tabular data-set to include in the 2nd drop-down. This means we need a dynamic formula that always shows the part of the table that has a match for the parent category.

Watch the steps in this video:

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