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How to Create Dependent Cascading Drop-down Lists

Bottom line: Learn how to create cascading or dependent drop-down lists (also known as cascading validation) in Excel.  This technique does NOT require named ranges.  If you don’t mind using named ranges then there are a few links at the bottom of the page with solutions that will be easier to implement.

Skill level: Intermediate

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Absolute Structured References in Excel Table Formulas

This post will explain a trick for creating absolute structured references in Excel Table formulas.

Structured Reference Tables are great for creating clean, easy to read formulas.  But creating absolute references to the columns (aka anchoring the columns) in the formula is a bit tricky.

Quick Guide

Duplicate the column references as if referring to multiple columns.  Absolute references to:

  • One column in the same or other table: table1[[column1]:[column1]]
  • One cell in the same row as the formula: table1[@[column1]:[column1]]
  • Table names must be used even if the reference and formula cell are in the same table.
  • You must drag these formulas across columns to maintain the absolute reference (copy & paste does not work).

I have developed an add-in allows you to use the F4 key on the keyboard to create absolute/relative references.  You can download the Absolute Reference Add-in here.

Video Tutorial

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