How to Add a Drop Down List in Google Sheets

Are you tired of manually entering data into your Google Sheets? Do you want to make your spreadsheets more organized and efficient? A drop-down list can save you time and help you avoid typos. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a drop-down list in Google Sheets step-by-step.

Step 1: Open Your Google Sheet

To get started, open your Google Sheet and select the cell where you want to add the drop-down list. You can click on any cell in the spreadsheet, but for this tutorial, we'll use cell A1.

Step 2: Create a List of Options

Before you can add a drop-down list, you need to create a list of options. This list can be located anywhere in your Google Sheet. For this tutorial, let's assume we want our drop-down list to include the following options:
  • Option 1
  • Option 2
  • Option 3
  • Option 4
Create this list in your Google Sheet. We'll use range A2:A5.

Step 3: Select the Cell Where You Want to Add the Drop-Down List

Next, select the cell where you want to add the drop-down list. In our case, it's cell A1.

Step 4: Go to the Data Tab

Once you've selected the cell, go to the "Data" tab in the top menu.

Step 5: Click "Data Validation"

Next, click on "Data Validation" from the drop-down menu.

Step 6: Choose "List from a Range"

In the "Criteria" section of the "Data Validation" window, choose "List from a Range" from the drop-down menu.

Step 7: Select Your List Range

After choosing "List from a Range," enter the range of your list in the "Criteria" field. In our case, we'll enter "A2:A5". This tells Google Sheets to use the range A2 through A5 as the options for our drop-down list.

Step 8: Click "Save"

Once you've entered the range, click "Save" to create your drop-down list.

Step 9: Test Your Drop-Down List

Now that you've created your drop-down list, test it out. Click on the cell with the drop-down list and you should see the options appear.

Step 10: Add Your Drop-Down List to Other Cells

If you want to add the same drop-down list to other cells, simply copy and paste the cell with the drop-down list to the cells where you want to add it.

Final Thoughts

Adding a drop-down list to your Google Sheet can save you time and effort. With just a few clicks, you can create a list of options that can be used over and over again. So, whether you're using Google Sheets for work or personal use, adding a drop-down list is a quick and easy way to improve your spreadsheets!
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