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    Default Way to use type ahead in a validation list?


    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?


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    Default Re: Way to use type ahead in a validation list?

    Maybe someone here can help you to set up a searchable data validation. Well, if you google 'searchable data validation' you'll find plenty example.
    But just an alternative idea, you may want to use a searchable combobox instead, you can find an example in this thread:
    Last edited by Akuini; Aug 15th, 2019 at 12:19 PM.

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    Default Re: Way to use type ahead in a validation list?

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

    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.

    A B C D E F G
    1 Ann name6
    2 dv----> na Beth name7
    3 Mike name8
    4 ben name9
    5 Becky name10
    6 name6 name11
    7 name7 name12
    8 name8
    9 name9
    10 name10
    11 name11
    12 name12

    Array Formulas
    Cell Formula
    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))))}
    Entered with Ctrl+Shift+Enter. If entered correctly, Excel will surround with curly braces {}.
    Note: Do not try and enter the {} manually yourself
    Last edited by Scott T; Aug 15th, 2019 at 12:21 PM.
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