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Excel: Trouble pointing a combo box to a range

Posted on 2011-09-06
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I see how to create the list of selections and have them appear in the list of ranges. But how do I get a field to become a combo box pointing at that range?

When I select "Pick from Drop Down List..." the box simply opens yet it emty. Nowhere do I get the option to associate it with a range.

What am I missing?

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You need to use Data Validation set to use List and then enter the range as the source.
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If you're using Excel 2007, first insure the worksheet is not protected - go to Review then select Unprotect Sheet (if it is already unprotected, the icon changes to Protect Sheet).
Insure the range is correctly named.
Select the cell or cells you want to have the dropdown box, select Data from the ribbon then select Data Validation and a Data Validation window will appear.
Under Allow, select List.
Under Source, set it to =RangeName
then select the OK button.
The cell should now have a dropdown arrow on the right.
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