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How to use Form Controls in MS Office Excel 2007 - Combo Box

Updated on August 25, 2011


Form Controls in Excel – Combo Box is one of the important tools. Combo-Box gives your user a drop-down list to select from the list of options. The user cannot enter a value other than those listed in the drop-down. Moreover the user is not required to enter any value but just has to select from the list. This will eliminate all the chances of spelling mistakes which could have been made by the user and will also provide various options to the user of which he might have not even heard of.

So combo-box helps you keep the list limited to the options desired by you and keeps your database clean of the errors and mistakes.

The process will be divided into 5 easy steps as shown below:

  1. Insert
  2. Place
  3. Process
  4. Feed
  5. Format and Finalize

Before starting with the steps you will need to enable the Developer Tab in Excel


Combo Box is a control for form which will give you a drop-down list to select from pre-defined values.

See the pic Excel CB 1 for preview.

pic Excel CB1
pic Excel CB1

Step 1 - Insert from

Developer -> Insert -> Form Controls -> Combo Box
Refer pic Excel CB 2 – pic Excel CB 3

Pic Excel CB 2
Pic Excel CB 2
Pic Excel CB 3
Pic Excel CB 3

Step 2 - Placement

Assume that your question is “Which colour would you prefer for your next car?” Now you want your user to select any one option from the drop-down list. So Insert Combo Box on the sheet as mentioned above. The combo box when inserted will look like the one shown in pic Excel CB 4.

You must resize it by dragging it from the lower-right corner to make it look like pic Excel CB 5

pic Excel CB 4
pic Excel CB 4
pic Excel CB 5
pic Excel CB 5

Step 3 - Back-End Process

Now that you have inserted the combo box on the sheet, it is time to feed it with the values that should appear in the drop-down list. Go to next sheet and in column B list down the colours that you want to give as options and in column A write down the serial number as shown in pic Excel CB 6

Go back to the combo box and right click and select format control as shown in pic Excel CB 7.

pic Excel CB 6
pic Excel CB 6
pic Excel CB 7
pic Excel CB 7

Step 4 - Feeding the Data

A new window will open up. Go to Control and select the Input Range as shown in pic Excel CB 8. Here you must select the list of colurs that you have made on the second sheet as shown in pic Excel CB 9. This will be the list that will appear in your drop-down list. Make sure you do not miss out any of the values while selecting the range.

pic Excel CB 8
pic Excel CB 8
pic Excel CB 9
pic Excel CB 9

Step 5 - Formatting and Finalizing

Now select the Cell link. This will be the output cell which will show you the option that was selected by the user from the drop-down list. For your easy understanding I have selected the cell just below the question, you may link/select the cell on a separate sheet where want your data for example a cell on your database. Please refer pic Excel CB 10, pic Excel CB 11 and pic Excel CB 12

pic Excel CB 10
pic Excel CB 10
pic Excel CB 11
pic Excel CB 11
pic Excel CB 12
pic Excel CB 12

That’s it! You have successfully inserted the Combo Box form control to your form.


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    • rishidave23 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Thanx Taleb80, I will post hubs for other tools shortly. Thanks again. Stay connected.

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      Taleb AlDris 

      6 years ago


      Thank you so much for this well detailed steps.

      I tried it & it is working.

      I like Excel so much.

      You can see that I have some hubs about excel.

      I think you will like XIRR function about calculating interest rate for given payment attached with dates.

      I have a hub about it.

      I voted "Useful" & "Up"

      Thanks again



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