Creating Multiple Dropdowns


New Member
Feb 24, 2012

I've encountered a very frustrating situation after conquering what I thought had been the hard part of my project. I spent a good part of today looking around on Google and this forum in search of a solution without having any success, so I'm hoping someone can give me a hand!

What I'm working with is a single workbook with two worksheets, ("A" and "B"), the first of which will be manipulated later and the second containing all of my gathered data.

For simplicity, lets say worksheet "B" has ten columns of data five rows deep. Row 1 contains titles and rows 2-5 contains data.

Worksheet "A" has the titles from Worksheet "B" (Row 1, Columns A - J) transposed into column A (Rows 1-10)

What I'm trying to do is have excel create dropdowns on worksheet "A" in column B based on the associated data on worksheet "B". I tried the obvious approach first by creating a data validation dropdown on Worksheet "A" B1 and dragging it down, but it simply repeats the same dropdown without changing the data source. If my real project was only 10 rows it wouldn't be a problem to manually create each dropdown, but my project requires over 600, so it's not really feasible to do each by hand.

This has been driving me crazy, so any help is greatly appreciated!


Well-known Member
Sep 24, 2009
U will have to modufy according to your data.

Sub Macro1()
Dim shA, shB As Worksheet
Set shA = Sheets("Sheet1")
Set shB = Sheets("Sheet2")

Dim valRange As Range
For i = 1 To 10
    Set valRange = shB.Range(shB.Cells(2, i), shB.Cells(Rows.Count, i).End(xlUp))
    With shA.Range("B" & i).Validation
        .Add Type:=xlValidateList, AlertStyle:=xlValidAlertStop, Operator:= _
        xlBetween, Formula1:="=" & shB.Name & "!" & valRange.Address
        .IgnoreBlank = True
        .InCellDropdown = True
        .InputTitle = ""
        .ErrorTitle = ""
        .InputMessage = ""
        .ErrorMessage = ""
        .ShowInput = True
        .ShowError = True
    End With
Next i
End Sub

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