In Microsoft Excel, there are two ways of populating a list or drop-down
box: you can link worksheet data to the control, or you can run a Microsoft
Visual Basic for Applications macro to add data to the control.
To link the list box or drop-down box to a range of cells on a worksheet
- Create a list box or drop-down on a custom dialog box.
- Select the control.
- On the Format menu, click Object, and click the Control tab.
- In the Input Range box, enter a reference to a vertical range of cells
(for example, Sheet1!$A$1:$A$10).
Do not include a header row unless you want that row to be included in
the list or drop-down box.
To use a Visual Basic Macro to populate the drop-down or list box
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To create the dialog box:
- Insert a dialog sheet. Name this sheet Dialog1.
NOTE: To name a dialog box element, type the name in the Name box (the
box at the left end of the formula bar).
- Create a list box control on the dialog box. Name the list box List Box
- Create a drop-down box on the dialog box. Name drop-down box Drop Down
- In a module sheet, enter the following macro code:
Dim diag As Object
Dim mylist As Object
Dim mydrop As Object
Set diag = DialogSheets("Dialog1")
Set mylist = diag.ListBoxes("List Box 4")
Set mydrop = diag.DropDowns("Drop Down 5")
'Remove all items from drop-down and list box
'Insert data into List Box and Drop Down
myarray = Array("Tom", "Fred", "Sam", "Wilma", "Sandy")
For x = 0 To 4
'Show Dialog Box
- To run the macro, position the insertion point on the line that reads,
and press F5.
Switch to the dialog sheet and click the Run Dialog button to run the
dialog box. When you use each of the controls, note that they contain the
data from the arrays that you created in the macro. To quit the dialog box,
click Enter or Cancel.
"Visual Basic User's Guide," version 5.0, page 231
Article ID: 141573 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
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