I'm trying to find examples of a multi-select dropdown where once the form is saved/submitted, the selected values cannot be removed but, new values can be added.

Currently, I've designed it to work as follows: enter image description here

Are there are examples of dropdowns which work with similar constraints? How are such constraints handled?

1 Answer 1


I do not have an example. But in your solution it seems unclear why I can remove some selected items but not others. This brings me to the following solution:

Place the previously submitted values outside the dropdown. You can even label them so it is clear that they are submitted already. In the dropdown you place only the values still available. So the behaviour of the dropdown is always the same. Something like this:

enter image description here

  • 1
    Thanks and sorry if it was confusing, but what I meant was, the drop down is only additive. i.e, once some values have been selected and the form submitted, those values cannot be removed on edit, however, the remaining values can be added as usual during edit. I think your solution works good but would it not lead to clutter if there are say, 20+ values selected? Jun 21, 2019 at 6:58
  • 1
    @AshwinNepal If there is a selection you have to show them anyway. Otherwise the users would not know what they selected before. The more items selected the more true this is. The wireframes should only give an idea. You certainly have to be aware of the possibility of having many items selected when developing the visual design.
    – BrunoH
    Jun 21, 2019 at 13:24

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.