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I have a set of data that the user frequently needs to select items from. The data set is very large(about 10 000 items) and is sorted in 4 levels.

What is the best way to design this for the user to get an overview and be able to select items in the last level quickly? I am considering using 4 lists next to each other, together with a search field for quick access, as seen in this image. Is there any better solution?

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    Categories in the second column are 1.1; 1.2; 1.3 and in the third 1.3.1; 1.3.2; 1.3.3 , right? – Alvaro Mar 13 '17 at 14:45
  • Yes, that is correct. – Markus A Noren Mar 13 '17 at 15:10
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Rather than showing him all the different sets of categories at a time. we can show each category one at a time. and then the other set after selecting it.

  • by this we can reduce active screen space and not confuse user

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after selecting the category of the first list then those will be replaced by categories of second list and the category of list1 is shown as a button in filters row with which he can change that category of the list by clicking it and it will replace the category list with those items. like. enter image description here

then this process will repeat till the last set selected.

this also has an advantage in case if his work is done with a category of list1 and he need not to bother about other lists of a category.

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