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I have a choice column with over 100 choices, need to give the ability to choose multiple values. Is there a way to make it into a dropdown list with multiple selection? right now the checkbox list is huge and spans multiple pages. or is that a javascript workaround screenshot of column,

i cant use infopath because this is on a document library and not a list

thanks in advance for any ideas you may have.

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You need to use HTML and JavaScript/jQuery to create dropdown with checkbox by yourself instead of using the OOB field.

Here is a demo of the dropdown with checkbox:

https://codepen.io/elmahdim/pen/hlmri

Then, you may need to use CSOM/Rest API to update the file properties in the library as you are using a custom field.

Information about how to use CSOM to update item:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/dev/sp-add-ins/complete-basic-operations-using-sharepoint-client-library-code

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