# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I have a multiple sheet workbook where sheet one is for data entry with conditional drop down menus based on a table. Dropdown Menu in column B is conditional on the choice in dropdown menu in Column A. This works fine. My problem is, I now need a dropdown menu in Column C that is also conditional on the choice in column A, BUT, the lists are on different sheets. I have named ranges for the initial table for Columns A and B, but I don't know how to have a conditional dropdown in column C that looks at different sheets and returns a list based on the choice in column A. In other words, both columns B and C are conditional on the same value in A, but one is looking at a table in the same sheet, whereas the second is looking across multiple sheets for the value in A and then returning the correct list.
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Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:03
Hi
User 09/03/2018 - 09:03
hi
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:03
How are you?
User 09/03/2018 - 09:04
good thanks
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:04
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:04
Let's turn out for solution
User 09/03/2018 - 09:09
Problem with a little detail: I need to choose a GENRE in column G, which references the table and looks at column A as a list. Column H used data validation to be conditional; it returns only the choices in the table related to the genre. my problem is, I also have a separate table of featured instruments that is dependent on genre. those lists are all on diff sheets. (sheet 2 here). how can I make the dropdown in column J return the list from sheet 2 labeled featured instruments
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:11
What is the column of sheet 2 that you wish to be in drop down?
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:11
Is it column A?
User 09/03/2018 - 09:11
column D.
User 09/03/2018 - 09:11
but there are 20+ sheets. each has a variable list size in column D
User 09/03/2018 - 09:12
the returned list has to come from column D from the correct sheet, based on the choice in sheet 1, column G
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:13
Please check now Column J in Sheet 1, data validation is applied
User 09/03/2018 - 09:13
great, I see that. What if I change the choice in column G?
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:14
If you will change, there will be no harm
User 09/03/2018 - 09:14
but I want the list to then become the list in column D on sheet BLUES
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:15
Ok i can change that too
User 09/03/2018 - 09:15
how are you changing it? what is the formula
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:15
Let me include both
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:15
No formula is required, you need to do through functions
User 09/03/2018 - 09:15
can you show me the function?
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:17
User 09/03/2018 - 09:17
I just changed it back and the list doesn't change
User 09/03/2018 - 09:18
If I choose AMBIENT, list should come from sheet AMBIENT, column D
User 09/03/2018 - 09:18
if I choose BLUES, list should come from sheet BLUES, column D
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:22
Well do you want this validation in same column on the basis of different conditions?
User 09/03/2018 - 09:22
yes. If I choose AMBIENT in G3, go to sheet AMBIENT, return list in column D.
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:22
If you need this condition, I have to perform this function on two different columns then only it will work
User 09/03/2018 - 09:23
If I choose BLUES in G3, go to sheet BLUES, return list in column D
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:23
Let me see my friend
User 09/03/2018 - 09:23
it has to be in one column
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:31
I've tried but there is only single way i.e. input can have either from blues or ambient
User 09/03/2018 - 09:32
ok thanks
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:33
Please tell me what should i do for you?
User 09/03/2018 - 09:33
nothing. need to go somewhere to find the answer
User 09/03/2018 - 09:33
thanks
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:33
Please allow me some more time to work
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:33
Let me try again
Excelchat Expert 09/03/2018 - 09:34
Your non satisfaction is not good for us too, we want you to be happy an satisfied

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