Excel dropdown list with number and text

There are two methods;

Data validation drop down

There is a list option in Data validation. If this is combined with a VLOOKUP formula you would be able to convert the selected value into a number.

The steps in Excel 2010/2019 are:

  • Create your list with matching values.
  • On the Data tab choose Data Validation
  • The Data validation form will be displayed
  • Set the Allow dropdown to List
  • Set the Source range to the first part of your list
  • Click on OK (User messages can be added if required)

In a cell enter a formula like this


which will return the matching value from the second part of your list.

Form control drop down

Alternatively, Form controls can be placed on a worksheet. They can be linked to a range and return the position number of the selected value to a specific cell.

If you don’t see Developer tab in Excel ribbon, follow this link;

Show the Developer Tab

The steps in Excel 2010/2019 are:

  • Create your list of data in a worksheet
  • Click on the Developer tab and dropdown on the Insert option
  • In the Form section choose Combo box or List box
  • Use the mouse to draw the box on the worksheet
  • Right click on the box and select Format control
  • The Format control form will be displayed
  • Click on the Control tab
  • Set the Input range to your list of data
  • Set the Cell link range to the cell where you want the number of the selected item to appear
  • Click on OK

All about LINQ operators

A short list of LINQ operators.

Using IN clause

This is similar to database IN keyword;

var myInClause = new string[] {"One", "Two", "Three"};

var results = from x in MyTable
              where myInClause.Contains(x.SomeColumn)
              select x;
// OR
var results = MyTable.Where(x => myInClause.Contains(x.SomeColumn));

Using ALL operator

Working with simple types

//does all numbers are greater than 10
int[] IntArray = { 11, 22, 33, 44, 55 };
var Result = IntArray.All(x => x > 10);
Console.WriteLine("Is All Numbers are greater than 10 : " + Result);

//does all names has characters greater than three
string[] stringArray = { "Khan", "Ali", "Adam", "Eve", "Joe" };
Result = stringArray.All(name => name.Length > 3);
Console.WriteLine("Is All Names are greater than 3 Characters : " + Result);

var letterResult = stringArray.All(name => name.StartsWith("A"));
Console.WriteLine("Is All Names start with letter A : " + letterResult);

//all numbers can be divided by three
int[] numbers = { 3, 6, 9, 12};
bool iSNumbersDivided = numbers.All(number => number % 3 == 0);
Console.WriteLine($"Numbers are divisible by three = {iSNumbersDivided}");

Working with complex types

//Check whether age of all animals in the zoo is greater than 1 year
bool response = animalData.All(x => x.AnimalAge > 1);
Console.WriteLine($"Is All Animals are greater than 1 years old : {response}");

//get all animas who are feed by milk
var zooSubSet = animalData.Where(x => x.Food.All(y => y.FoodType == "Milk"));
foreach(var item in zooSubSet)
    Console.WriteLine($"Animal Name: {item.AnimalName}");




Handling custom dataset in C#

I am receiving this dataset from a remote server;

TagNumber	TagCode	CageNumber	FoodType	FoodValue
A-2021-1	WHITE	A9:I10	        Milk	        A11:I
A-2021-1	WHITE	A9:I10	        Corn	        A10:I
A-2021-1	RED	A11:I13	        Meat	        B1:B2
A-2021-1	RED	A11:I13	        Hay	        A14:I
A-2021-1	GREEN	A8:J9	        Milk	        B1:B2
A-2021-1	GREEN	A8:J9	        Milk	        A10:J

I need to create this object, a complex type;

public class Animal
    public string TagNumber { get; set; }
    public string TagCode { get; set; }
    public string CageNumber { get; set; }
    public List<AnimalFood> Food { get; set; }

public class AnimalFood
    public string FoodType { get; set; }
    public string FoodValue { get; set; }

There could be many ways to handle this. This is one of them;

Create a dictionary object using LINQ GroupBy and TagCode column from incoming dataset;

var allAnimals = animalData
    .GroupBy(item => item.TagCode)
    .ToDictionary(grp => grp.Key, grp => grp.ToList());

Create unique animals out of dictionary object;

var uniqueAnimals = allAnimals.Keys.Distinct().ToList();

Create the object (animal) and add them to zoo :);

var zoo = new List<Animal>();
foreach (string animal in uniqueAnimals)
    var animalRow = allAnimals[animal];
    var animalRowFirst = animalRow.FirstOrDefault();
    var animalRecord = new Animal
         TagNumber = animalRowFirst.TagNumber,
         TagCode = animalRowFirst.TagCode,
         CageNumber = animalRowFirst.CageNumber
    //time for food
    var animalFood = new List<AnimalFood>();
    foreach(var item in animalRow)
        item.Food.ForEach(x =>
            animalFood.Add(new AnimalFood
                  FoodType = x.FoodType,
                  FoodValue = x.FoodValue
   //this is our custom type
   animalRecord.Food = animalFood;

Sample output;

It’s easier to apply different filters on this object;

var animalFilter = zoo.Where(x => x.TagCode.ToUpper() == "WHITE");