You could have two drop downs - the first with 4 options: physical skills, mental skills, social skills, attributes And that defines what to show in the second dropbox (essentially 3 hidden and one displayed dropboxes, the one displayed based on the first dropbox). Scrolling down a 40-ish item dropdown is painful. Edit You could even do it with just one visible dropdown. The visible dropdown shows the 4 options: physical skills, mental skills, social skills, attributes Player selects one, and that dropdown is set to display:none and the relevant dropdown is displayed. The very first item in the list is "Go Back" (possibly shaded in a different colour). If that is selected the original selector dropdown is shown again.