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excel 10, windows 7

i have a number of names setup each has a few (2-7 text) names in them.  When i have a cell in my worksheet that uses a dropdown to choose a name to work with, i want to put all the list of test names in that named file in referenced cells.  So, if the name is "weldlines", then to look up the name "weldline" and put the 7 names under weldline in cells say a1 thru a7, or if the name is say "upsetter", then put the 3 names under upsetter in cells a1 to a3, etc.


So in D3 I had a dropdown built with data validation that refered to a named range of cells that contained entries like  Weldline, upsetter, and so forth

I had corresponding named ranges with these names and these named ranged contained anywhere from 1 to 7 entries/cells.

then in A1 of the same sheet that had the dropdown in D3 I put in this formula:


I then drag filled that down to A7.  

When I selected a name in the D3 dropdown, it showed the values for the cells that were included in the range of that name - i.e. it did what you described.

Tom Ogilvy

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