What is this 'Comment'-like pop-up feature in Excel ?

Posted on 2015-02-10
Last Modified: 2016-02-10
Hi All,

I've just come across a feature in Excel which I've never seen before. When I click on a cell it displays as a pop-up box with comment-friendly text inside. The pop-up can be dragged around the sheet but I can't find a way of editing the text or deleting it completely. If I click off the box, it hides.

It's not a Comment because I can insert and edit one of those in the same cell as the pop-up.

I've attached a PNG of it.

Question by:Tocogroup
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Expert Comment

ID: 40600710

This looks like a PopUp Input message created VBA.

When you go on a cell selection, it automatically show the InputBox.

Is this a VBA macro excel file?

 .InputTitle = "Reporting Period Start Date"
     .InputMessage = "The start date of the reporting..."

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Expert Comment

ID: 40600758
Here is an example i did
input message
Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim r As Range
Set r = Intersect(Target, Range("C1:C" & Rows.Count))
If Not r Is Nothing Then

With r.Offset(, 0).Validation

 .Add Type:=xlValidateInputOnly
  .InputTitle = "Reporting Period Start Date"
     .InputMessage = "The start date of the reporting..."
     End With

 End If
End Sub

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Expert Comment

by:Rob Henson
ID: 40600759
It could also be the message box from the Data Validation Function.

Rob H
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Expert Comment

ID: 40600773
Rob is also correct.
You would have access to it by just following below picture:
Input box
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Rob Henson earned 500 total points
ID: 40600789
Thanks WIlder, I was working on screen shots to explain.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40600926
Thanks Rob. That's exactly what it was.

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