I am currently working on creating some sort of link or equation, that could allow me to create a "directory" sheet where the names in the primary column could be linked to another sheet so that all the names would automatically become options in a drop-down box for another sheet.

Is this possible at all, or is this a function that is too complicated for Smartsheet at the moment?


Not quite, but you could set up a vlookup table to bring in all the names (as long as it's not a contact column) based on the group they belong to... i.e.:

Lookup sheet:

  • A_Team
    • Arthur
    • Anne
  • B_Team
    • Beth
    • Bruce

Then in the first sheet:

 =VLOOKUP( [Group Name]@row, {sheet reference}, [Group Name]@row, 2, false)



There are third-party options available, and below you have an instruction to a workaround I created.

Here is a workaround that gives you the possibility to use lists of information and choose from that list inside a sheet (doesn't work with mobile, only desktop)

I'm utilizing cell-linking for this workaround. The main sheet is linked to the dropdown/list sheet.

Please see the attached link/screenshot for more information.

Example of dropdown/list

Here's a link with a better explanation on how it's done.

Link Reference Sheet Dropdown

Would that work?

Let me know if you have questions or if I can help you with anything else!

Have a fantastic day!


Andrée Starå

Workflow Consultant @ Get Done Consulting