VB Code for Working with List Box Items in a Dialog Box

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In Microsoft Excel, you can use the list box control on a dialog sheet to present a user with a list of items that can be scrolled and selected. You can use Visual Basic, Applications Edition code to add items to (populate) this list and to retrieve items from it.

The following Visual Basic macro code examples demonstrate a few of the more common tasks that you may want to perform when you add items to or retrieve data from a list box.

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SAMPLE VISUAL BASIC CODE TO ADD ITEMS TO A LIST

To populate a list box with data from cells on a worksheet

   Sub Example1()
      DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1).ListFillRange = "MyWorksheet!A2:A15"
   End Sub
				
NOTE: "MyWorksheet" is the name of the worksheet that contains the data you would like placed in the list box.

To populate a list box using an array

   Sub Example2()
      DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1).List = _
         Array("Mon", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu", "Fri")
   End Sub
				

To populate the list box with data from a horizontal array of cells

Ordinarily, list boxes are populated with a column of data. If you need to populate a list box with a row of data, use this code:
   Sub Example3()
      DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1).List = _
         Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1:F1")
   End Sub
				
NOTE: "Sheet1" is the worksheet that contains your data.

SAMPLE VISUAL BASIC CODE TO REMOVE ITEMS FROM A LIST

To clear all items in a list box with RemoveAllItems

   Sub Example4()
      DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1).RemoveAllItems
   End Sub
				
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
105877 XL: RemoveItem and RemoveAllItems Methods May Not Work

SAMPLE VISUAL BASIC CODE TO RETRIEVE ITEMS FROM A LIST

To retrieve the selected item in a single-select list box

   Sub Example6()

      Dim LTemp As Variant
      Dim LItem As Variant
      Dim Counter As Integer
      Dim CurList as ListBox

      ' Set an object name for easy referencing of the list box.
      Set CurList = DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1)

      ' Put the Selected array into the variable LTemp.
      LTemp = CurList.Selected

      ' Initialize a Counter variable.
      Counter = 1

      ' Iterate through the loop once for each item in the array.
      For Each LItem In LTemp

         ' If the value of the current item is True...
         If LItem = True Then

            ' Show a message box indicating the item is selected.
            MsgBox CurList.List(Counter) & " is selected."

         End If

         ' Increment the Counter to get next selected item.
         Counter = Counter + 1
      Next

   End Sub
				
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
124214 XL: Returning a Value from a List Box in Visual Basic

To retrieve the selected items from a multi-select list box

   Sub Example6()

      Dim LTemp As Variant
      Dim LItem As Variant
      Dim Counter As Integer
      Dim CurList as ListBox

      ' Set an object name for easy referencing of the list box.
      Set CurList = DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1)

      ' Put the Selected array into the variable LTemp.
      LTemp = CurList.Selected

      ' Initialize a Counter variable.
      Counter = 1

      ' Iterate through the loop once for each item in the array.
      For Each LItem In LTemp

         ' If the value of the current item is True...
         If LItem = True Then

            ' Show a message box indicating the item is selected.
            MsgBox CurList.List(Counter) & " is selected."

         End If

         ' Increment the Counter to get next selected item.
         Counter = Counter + 1
      Next

   End Sub
				
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
111564 XL: Determining Which Items Are Selected in a List Box

To retrieve all items in a list box using a For-Each statement

   Sub Example7()

      Dim mtemp As Object
      Dim myList
      Dim LItem As Variant

      ' Set mtemp as a ListBox object.
      Set mtemp = DialogSheets(1).ListBoxes(1)

      ' Set mtemp = myList.
      myList = mtemp.List

      ' Create a For-Each Loop.
      For Each LItem In myList

         ' Display the selected item.
         MsgBox Litem

      Next

   End Sub
				

REFERENCES

"Visual Basic User's Guide," pages 226, 231

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Article ID: 126794 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh
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