Scenario - I have a custom list with columns. One of the columns is titled Category as a drop down that lists 3 choices Bike, Car, Tractor. Each category choice has another list of items.

Choice 1: Bike



Choice 2: Car

Automatic Windows


Leather Seats

Choice 3: Tractor

Big Tires


Big Seat

The idea is if I click any of the categories the 3 selections connected to the category would show in the next column as a drop down. Look at the picture. Here is what I am trying to do... I picked Bike the 3 selections appear in the next column as a drop down.

Question - How would I do this in SharePoint? Could I use lookup columns with calculated columns?

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This is not possible from any OOTB SharePoint feature. You either need to use InfoPath to set up the cascading drop down or create a custom form and use jQuery/JavaScript/Client or Server object model to do it.

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