Excel Drop Down without Data Validation

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Yes, you can create a cell drop down without Data Validation. It uses a built-in technique and is flexible.

Have a look at the structure below.

We have 5 employee names and three leave types.

In cells B7 and C7 we can use a keyboard shortcut to display a list of entries from above.

Press Alt + down arrow to see a list of entries from the column.

You can also start typing and autocomplete will assist. In the image below I typed s in cell C7.

You can use the keyboard shortcut in column B as long as there is an entry in column A.

In column C there needs to be an entry in column B in the same row, or the row above or the row below, for the shortcut to work. See image below.

A blank row stops the shortcut from working.

You can hide the Setup rows using Grouping – see image below.

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