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    Data Validation List that matches Field Heading of Target Cell with Source Heading

    Hello All,
    I have taken help of this forum multiple times through google searches, but this time around the problem seems too big for me.

    I have multiple excel files where one sheet contains all data arranged in columns and one another sheet where dropdown list needs to be created.

    Now, the column headings of both source and target are the same and I need to create a dropdown list where the formula automatically picks up data from the source depending on this name.

    I have tried various things like copying data from source file and pasting it in proper arrangement (source and target have different column arrangements) using hlookup. But this resulted in too many blank fields that I could not get rid of.

    I open to follow any method as long as it saves time for me. So, is it possible to achieve something of this sort? If yes, please guide me in that direction.

    Thank You!

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    Re: Data Validation List that matches Field Heading of Target Cell with Source Heading

    Pl upload a sample file.

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    Re: Data Validation List that matches Field Heading of Target Cell with Source Heading

    Hi kvsrinivasamurthy,
    Thanks for replying. Here is the sample file.
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    Re: Data Validation List that matches Field Heading of Target Cell with Source Heading

    Hi JohnTopley,
    I have gone through this page before, I think. However, I don't need a dependent list. Ideally, I would like a formula which I can paste instead of range while making dropdown list.

    That formula should match column headings and fetch the range automatically.

    Is it possible?

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    Re: Data Validation List that matches Field Heading of Target Cell with Source Heading

    Not sure still but as an example.

    Named range called "Color"

    Refers to: =OFFSET('Accepted Values'!$E$2,,,COUNTA('Accepted Values'!$E:$E)-1,1)

    In AH in "Accessories"

    Data Validation

    Allow: List

    Source: =Color

    If this what you require repeat for other headings.

    Note if a Heading has space e.g. "Bike Make", then the named Range will be "Bike_Make"

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