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    Dynamic List in Data Validation

    Good evening,

    I have a set table with 16 rows filled with customer IDs. I am trying to create a drop down list containing only IDs but ignoring blanks. Many attempts with indirect/offset formulas have all failed miserably.

    Any idea on how to make this happen....thank you!
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    Re: Dynamic List in Data Validation

    You could pick an empty column to use for a helper.

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    which will spill down with just the non-empty cells. Then use that as your DV list.
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    Re: Dynamic List in Data Validation

    Thanks TMS for your response. Your solution did work if CID is static but not dynamic. CID list will sometimes compress or grow......

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    Re: Dynamic List in Data Validation

    use the formula TMS gave in Cell H2
    then in the Cell where you are using data validation, go to data validation - list - Source type =OFFSET(H2,0,0,COUNTA($H2:$H1000))
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    Re: Dynamic List in Data Validation

    Let's say you put the formula in cell E5. That is, the helper column is column E. Use List formula
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    Re: Dynamic List in Data Validation

    Yep that worked

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