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How to create a searchable drop-down in Excel in 5 minutes

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How to insert drop down list in excel

A Facebook friend asked me to create the Searchable drop-down menu in excel. So i have tried and hoped that this will help him. Create a searchable drop down list in Excel just like Google. This trick is fantastic for large lists. Giving the functionality to search within a list goes beyond a standard drop down list. This Article tutorial will show you how to create a combo box control on a spreadsheet and then use formulas to create a dynamic searchable drop down list. This list would look awesome on your Excel dashboards and reports.

The article covers multiple Excel formulas and functions including INDEX, COUNTIFS, and ROWS. It then uses a simple line of VBA code for the drop down combo box

In this article, I will show you how to create a Searchable drop-down menu in excel. This Drop down will work like google search engine and you will be able to fetch data within a second from your resource directory.

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I assume that your excel is compatible with macro and you have enabled the Developer Toolbar, and saved your file as .xlsm format. If you don't get this done, please do it first.



Setting Up things:

In Excel 2010 and 2013

Step 1- Click File Menu.
Step 2- Click Options.
Step 3- And in the Options dialog box, Click Customize Ribbon.
Step 4- Check the Developer box, then click the OK button.


In Excel 2007,

Step 1- Click Office button (Top most left, looks like windows logo)
Step 2- Click Excel Options.
Step 3- And in the Excel Options dialog box, Click Popular Tab.
Step 4- Check the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon box, then click the OK button.

Now you are all set for the preparation on Searchable Drop down list.


Watch the full practical video


Please follow the below mentioned steps carefully:


Step 1. Click Developer bar >> Click Insert >> In ActiveX Controls sector   select Combo Box to insert the same. See below:
Searchable drop down 1


Step 2. Draw the Combo box by Clicking and Dragging. Right Click the Combo box and then click on Properties.
Step 3. In Properties Dialog box please make following changes.
           (a) Select False in the AutoWordSelect field.
           (b) Specify a cell in the LinkedCell field. In this case, we enter G2.
           (c) Select 2-fmMatchEntryNone in the MatchEntry field.
           (d) Type DropDownList into the ListFillRange field then close.
See Below:
Searchable drop down 2


Step 4. Paste all your data in Column A.
Step 5. Paste this formula in the cell C2 =--ISNUMBER(IFERROR(SEARCH($g$2,A2,1),"")) and drag till last data cell In Column A. See Below:
Searchable drop down 3

Step 6. In Cell D2 Put this formula =IF(C2=1,COUNTIF($C$2:C2,1),"") and drag till last data cell In Column A. See below:
Searchable drop down 4

Step 7. In Cell E2 paste this                                                     formula =IFERROR(INDEX($A$2:$A$9,MATCH(ROWS($D$2:D2),$D$2:$D$9,0)),"") and drag till last data cell In Column A. See Below:
Searchable drop down5

Step 8. Click On Formulas bar >> Click on Define Name >> Type "DropDownList" in the Name field.
Step 9. Put this =$E$2:INDEX($E$2:$E$9,MAX($D$2:$D$9),1) formula in Refers to box. Then Click Ok.  See Below:
Searchable drop down6
Step 10. Dubble click the Combo Box that you inserted. VBA editor window will appear. Copy and paste the below mentioned code in the VBA editor.

Private Sub ComboBox1_GotFocus()
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    ComboBox1.ListFillRange = "DropDownList"
    Me.ComboBox1.DropDown
End Sub

How to create a searchable drop-down in Excel in 5 minutes

Step 11. Close the VBA editor, And deselect the Design mode. And your Searchable drop down list in excel is ready.

Please Download the practice file from here
Must watch the practice video. this will help you to understand the topic.


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