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Excel combo-box drops below taskbar

Posted on 2014-03-24
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Greetings,

Having strange behavior with one sheet. A combo box drops down below the taskbar:

Strange combo-box behavior
Environment is Excel 2010 (v.14.0.7106.5003 x64) on Win7.1. Any ideas?

Thanks!
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Question by:DavidBloom
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by:BlueYonder
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You must be minimising/maximising the sheet instead of the program window.
Seperate controls for both. Maximise Program and Sheet and you should see the tabs.
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by:DavidBloom
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No difference with Program and Sheet maximized:
Everything maximized
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by:Martin Liss
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Right-click on the taskbar and choose 'Properties'. Do any of them resolve the problem?
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by:DavidBloom
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Hi Martin. If I auto-hide or sling the entire taskbar to the side, then the drop down is no longer obscured. That is to say, the drop down never exceeds the bottom of the screen. But whether the taskbar is there or not, the drop down behavior is the same.

I tried it on a fresh workbook, and got the same behavior.

I just tried it on a completely different system, and got the same behavior on a new workbook.

I switched from Aero to Classic desktop, and it still drops below the taskbar.

Same behavior in a virtual desktop.

Can you confirm it's an Excel 2010 bug?
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by:Martin Liss
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Can you attach your workbook?
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by:DavidBloom
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Happy to. (attached) But the thing is, it's happening on any workbook with an active-x drop down.
ProcessSheets---Template--ver-5f.xls
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Martin Liss earned 500 total points
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It doesn't do it in XP so I'd place the blame on Windows 7.1 if it's not considered a new feature.
 Excel 2010 in XP
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by:Martin Liss
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You can also Google something like "windows 7 drop-down below taskbar" and you'll find articles like this one. (which may or may not help). I don't have Win 7 so I can't test.
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by:DavidBloom
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No amount of "dumbing down" the Win7 interface seems to help. In any event, this spreadsheet needs to be used on systems outside my control.

Guess other than coming up with a different set of ActiveX controls, I'll simply have to alert my users to this flaw.

I'll keep this question open awhile yet.
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by:Martin Liss
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Does using Data Validation help? Note that your Named Range formula should be adjusted so that the first entry in the dropdown isn't blank.
Q-28396198.xls
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by:DavidBloom
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I meant for that first entry to be blank, as a simple way to clear a previous entry in a "must match" condition. The drop down in your file doesn't invoke an ActiveX control, just the form control, which is well behaved.

My taskbar unlocked and expanded 4 rows up, here is the ActiveX behavior taken to an extreme:
Fat taskbar strange ActiveX behavior
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by:Martin Liss
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The drop down in your file doesn't invoke an ActiveX control, just the form control, which is well behaved.
The Data Validation I added to column C actually doesn't use any control. Does it solve your problem?
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by:DavidBloom
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Unfortunately no. Data Validation alone doesn't provide me with the methods I need. With the help of your "floating combo" coding, I've finally gotten this workbook scaling to 64 tabs at full speed with minimal maintenance.

I'll accept there is no resolution as the solution to keep this moving forward.

Before I close this question, I'll test using Windows 8.1 with Office 2010 (and maybe Office 2013) then post results ...
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by:Martin Liss
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Data Validation alone doesn't provide me with the methods I need.
Let me know specifically what is it that you need and maybe I can come up with something.
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by:DavidBloom
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Close enough. Spreadsheet is in production with drop-down caveat. Thanks!
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by:Martin Liss
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

In my profile you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.
Marty - MVP 2009 to 2013
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