Way to use type ahead in a validation list?

teachman

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Hello,

I use a lot of lists in Data Validation. It gets tedious to bring up the list and scroll through until I find the one I want. Is there a way to use type ahead to select the choice without displaying the whole list?

Thanks,

George Teachman
 

Scott T

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Dec 14, 2016
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365, 2016
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This video show how to type in part of a name and have the list update. It used the new dynamic arrays

https://youtu.be/Z-h2UER3b_0


If you do not have the new dynamic arrays then you will can use array formulas but you will have blank lines in the drop down.

NOTE: when you setup DV you will need to unclick the "Show error alert after invalid data is entered" under error alert tab so that the list can update.

ABCDEFG
1Annname6
2dv---->naBethname7
3Mikename8
4benname9
5Beckyname10
6name6name11
7name7name12
8name8
9name9
10name10
11name11
12name12

<COLGROUP><COL style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(218,231,245)"><COL><COL><COL><COL><COL><COL><COL></COLGROUP><THEAD>
</THEAD><TBODY>
</TBODY>
Sheet2

Array Formulas
CellFormula
G1{=IF(ROWS(G$1:G1)>SUM((ISNUMBER(SEARCH($B$2,$E$1:$E$12))+0)),"",INDEX($E$1:$E$12,SMALL(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($B$2,$E$1:$E$12)),ROW($E$1:$E$12)-1+ROW($E$1)),ROWS(G$1:G1))))}

<THEAD>
</THEAD><TBODY>
</TBODY>
Entered with Ctrl+Shift+Enter. If entered correctly, Excel will surround with curly braces {}.
Note: Do not try and enter the {} manually yourself

<TBODY>
</TBODY>
 
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