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Excel Formula: Alignment of data in list box need some TLC

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I am using 2007, and I have a dashboard that has a list box that shows performance data.  I truncated all the info into one cell but this makes  the allignment out of wack.  Can some please show me the correct way of doing this?

I really would also like to have the down arrows red.

Thanks   NOC-Reports-r9.xlsm
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At first blush, looks like you're being impacted by kerning based on the font.  You could use a font that doesn't have kerning to align everything, or use tab stops, if that's possible.  Otherwise, perhaps a control box that has multiple columns.

Let's take the easy route first.

See: http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/showthread.php?t=392333  for more on tab stops.  I'm taking a look now

Dave
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The alignment problem is easy. You can add tab characters instead of spaces. A formula like
=A60&CHAR(9)&TEXT(T60,"0,00%")&" "&IF(T60>0,"       ",IF(T60<0,"¿",""))
will work just fine. It will look bad in the cell, but in the listbox it will be just like you want.

Listboxes don't support more than one forecolor. You would have to write your own listbox class (which I doubt would be anywhere close to worth it). As far as I know, you can't even have different lines be different colors.
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by:Maliki Hassani
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Tommy that works out!  

dlmille:  Think we will go with that one..  It's simple!  Thanks and great points!
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Here we go - 3 columns.  This is better...

Dave
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Heck ... :)

Dave
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by:Maliki Hassani
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Dave:

I am going to go with your idea now.  It looks a bit cleaner!
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Tell me more about how you created that downarrow...

Dave
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by:Maliki Hassani
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The down arrow came from a previous question I posted today.  I was wondering the same thing..  lol
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by:Maliki Hassani
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Dave:

I  am going to post a question on "Not enough system resources to display completely"
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First - look - someone has asked that question.  see where they go with it...

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_26811532.html

Dave
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I saw that error too. I though it was just because the computer I'm on is lame. I'll keep an eye on the question in case no one else answers it. Gotta go for today.
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@Tommy - I've been working with LANCE on a few of his questions and the error is pretty consistent.  It could be the volatile names he has if he hasn't deleted them.

Dave
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Scratch that - the volatile names are gone
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LANCE - Go ahead and ask the question as I've already got some new ideas to try

Dave
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by:Maliki Hassani
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Sa-weet..  Yes, I did delete the names..  Asking question now then.  By the way it was a good post but not completely helpful.
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ok - refer to this question so we get flagged on it.

Dave
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Ok, I'm ready

Dave
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