Dropdown Selection Based on Previous Column Input

Hi there! I want to create two columns with the following features:

Column #2: single select 3-choice dropdown (e.g., cat, dog, bird)

Column #3: single select dropdown, but with three distinct dropdown menus, only one of which is available and is determined by what the user selects in column #2 (e.g., one menu corresponding to "cat", one to "dog", and another to "bird")

Does anyone have experience creating something like this, and/or is this a function that Smartsheet can currently support, maybe through an "if/then" statement?


  • Mike TV
    Mike TV ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Drop-down column choices cannot be updated with a formula. You can do exactly what you're wanting to do with the premium app Data Shuttle. Do you have Data Shuttle? If so, I can show you how to set that up.

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Jorma MH

    I hope you're well and safe!

    To add to Matt's excellent advice/answer.

    Here's a possible workaround or workarounds

    • Depending on how many options you have, you could use a Form and the Form Logic feature.
    • Also, depending on how many options you have, you could use conditional formatting and multiple helper columns for different options in the sheet.
    • As Matt mentioned, Data Shuttle. I recently developed a solution for a client where a Master Dropdown List is kept updated using it, and then, in turn, it updates all the sheets that use them.

    Would any of those options work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!


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