Data Validated Dependent Lists w/Variable Range Names

Fujirich

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I've searched on the topic of creating dependent lists to use with data validation, and understand the use of named ranges and the INDIRECT method. My problem is that for my project, the ranges that I would otherwise name and use with the INDIRECT function to create the secondary list will not have fixed names.

As an example: in the 1st column, the names of various products will appear as they are linked to another range that has the master product name list. This list will change over time as new products are added and old ones disappear. These potential changes prompt my problem with using the INDIRECT method for dependent lists: since the product names will change I can't have fixed, named ranges to use for look-up of the data in the columns to the right which need to make up my secondary, dependent list.

Any ideas on how to solve this? Thanks in advance for any help!
 

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Fujirich

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Maybe an example helps:
Book1
ABCDEFG
1ProductNamesMasterProcessorMasterList
2LH-PIFLH-85P
3FDT-425FLH-125P
4LH-PJFLH-85N
5LH-NIFLH-125N
6LH-NI2FLP-85V
7LP-NVFLP-1260
8LP-N3Raptor68
9LP-NNRaptor85
10
11ProcessorCompatibility
12PlateType1234
13LH-PIFLH-85PFLH-125P
14FDT-425FLH-85PFLH-125P
15LH-PJFLH-85PFLH-125P
16LH-NIFLH-85NFLH-125N
17LH-NI2FLH-85NFLH-125N
18LP-NVFLP-85VFLP-1260Raptor68Raptor85
19LP-N3FLP-85VFLP-1260Raptor68Raptor85
20LP-NNFLP-85VFLP-1260Raptor68Raptor85
Sheet1


The users will select the Plate Names from a list on another page, and secondarily, the available processor list has to be compatible with the plate selected. But since the plate product names will change over time, I can't have fixed named ranges for those product names to be used with INDIRECT for the dependent list.

Any ideas?
 

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