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    Form control question regarding blank cells

    I'm using a form control drop down on a worksheet titled "Docket Sheets", which lists data from column "A" on my "Template" worksheet. I was curious if anyone is aware of a formula or other way to remove the dead spaces from the drop down so that it will only display the visible data options? The data could change in column "A", meaning I could have 1, 2 or 150 or more numbers in that column, but the data will always begin in cell A3 down. So I would like the dead spaces from A1 and A2 gone in the drop down as well as any empty cells after the data ends, etc. I have other formulas in the other worksheet that associate with both the Column A data along with data in Column C in the "template" worksheet. So when using the drop down menu and selecting an ID number the formulas in the "Docket" sheet associate row data, etc. So I cannot just use a formula to move the data in column "A" up to cell one, without opening a lot of other issues. I'm hoping this question is being asked in the correct forum and any suggestions would be appreciated if this is possible.

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Change to formula for yr datavalidation list to:
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    This will remove all the blank rows from the dropdown list.
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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Tsjallie Thank you for that solution and I feel like an idiot as my example should have had a form control drop down and not the data validation type, which your formula works for. Unfortunately I can't use a data validation drop down due to the data associations I spoke about in my original post. My apologies for not having the correct sample drop down. Any chance you know of a way to do this with the form control. I've updated my sample workbook for the type of control I'm referring to.
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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    In the Name Manager redefine Ducket as:
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    Do note however that this assumes the numbers to be a consecutive list.
    So any empty cells will be make the list to small.
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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Tsjallie-I really appreciate your time and patience with this issue of mine. It is getting closer to be solved, but when I pick the ID number in column "A" it associates with data 2 rows up and I need it to associate with the data in the same row for my form to populate the correct data/association. I've attached a sample workbook with your formula that will explain better and demonstrate this issue better. Thanks again!
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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    You need to add 2 to the value in B4, like
    =INDEX(Template!D:D,B4+2)

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Fluff13-Thank you. I'm not entirely sure where I need to put that formula. Is it in my drop down form control function? or other. Thanks still trying to figure out the form control stuff. I apologize for my ignorance.

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    You need to change the formulae, not the dropdown.
    So in B12 you have
    =INDEX(Template!H:H,B4)
    and you need to change it to
    =INDEX(Template!H:H,B4+2)
    and do the same for the other similar formulae.

    Also the formula in B23 needs to become
    =IFERROR(INDEX(Template!$C$3:$C500, SMALL(IF(INDEX(Template!$A$3:$A$500,$B$4)=Template!$A$3:$A$500, ROW(Template!$A$3:$A$500)-ROW(Template!$A$3)+1), COLUMN(Template!A$4))),"")

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Fluff13- Thank you so much for the clarification! I have one formula left that I need to adjust to associate:
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    . Can you advise how to adjust it? I tried "+2" after the B4 part but it didn't associate correctly.

    Appreciate the help!

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    That doesn't need to be changed, it should be correct as it is.

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Really appreciate all the help! Thanks Tsjallie & Fluff13!

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    You're welcome & thanks for the feedback.

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    Re: Form control question regarding blank cells

    Glad I could @lilsnoop. Thx for the rep.

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