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I have created a dynamic dependent drop down list in excel.  The first selection box determines what will be displayed in the second selection box. I have used the data validation, INDEX, MATCH & OFFSET functions to create the drop down boxes & associated menu choices. I would like to know how to reset the menu choices in both selection boxes to the first item in each list, namely 'Please select an item'.
Many thanks,


I assume you are using data validation to create your dropdown boxes.

Your dropdown boxes only provide restrictions for manual entry.  In code you would just do

Range("A1").Value = "Please select an item"
Range("B1").Value = "Please select an item"

(assuming the dropdowns are in cells A1 and B1)

You should put in the exact text that is the first entry in your dropdown list but this is not essential for it to work in your first drodown.  In your second, if you build the dynamic list even considering this first value in the first dropdown then it would be useful to exactly match what is the first entry of the first dropdown box with the cell value.

Just to be clear, your code can put any value in either cell where the dropdown box is located because data validation does not restrict what vba code can do.  

Hopefully that is what you are asking me.

Tom Ogilvy  
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