Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office questions? Ask an IT Expert for support ASAP

Ask a Computer Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

In excel I built a searchable drop down with a combo box and…

Customer Question
In excel I built...

In excel I built a searchable drop down with a combo box and VB code; but, it works for only 1 row. I need the same drop down for 400 rows. Any ideas?

Technician's Assistant: What's the make and model of your computer? And what version of Excel are you using?

Excel 2016, Dell OptiPlex 7020

Technician's Assistant: Have you installed any updates recently?

No

Technician's Assistant: Anything else you want the Microsoft Office Expert to know before I connect you?

I think that is everything

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Microsoft Office
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Answered in 6 minutes by:
9/19/2017
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago
The-PC-Guy
The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager
Category: Microsoft Office
Satisfied Customers: 2,169
Experience: 20 years experience providing remote computer support
Verified

Thanks for using JustAnswer. My name is***** will do whatever I can to answer your question and will be back in a moment with my reply.

if you can send an example that would be helpful

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have assets that need a department assigned to them. The searchable drop down is for the department. It works well for 1 row in the spreadsheet. I have 441 assets that need a department assigned. Do I need multiple drop-downs? can a combo box be copied down the spreadsheet?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I tried to send the .xlsm spreadsheet but the message displayed - we can't read that file.
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

i think you need to zip it first then send a zip file

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok, I zipped the spreadsheet.
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

so basically you want to take the box in column A and copy it for a number of rows, but the values will always be the same on each row correct?

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
column A has the "searchable" drop down list. You may click developer and see the VB code. The problem is I can only create 1 "searchable" drop-down list. I will need enough "searchable" drop-down lists for 400 serial numbers for 400 assets. How can this be done?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I realize a simple drop down may be pulled down 400 columns (you use the scroll bar to select a location/department.) I must have a "Searchable" drop-down list for 400 rows.
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

why does it need to be searchable? Where are the values from the list comming from? If you pull the values out of a column within the sheet, that column is searchable anyway.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
The locations listed in column L8 - L270 are the locations that should be listed in the drop down. My boss wants the drops down to be searchable because it is faster a process. She does not want to use the scroll bar because it takes too long...
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
The drop down is not automatically 'searchable'; you have to add VB code in the combo box to make it "searchable". However, this works for only 1 row.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
You are welcome to call me at(###) ###-####
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

you know that the best way to create a drop down is data validation list. Those can be copied and pasted, and the value once selected becomes searchable as are the values in L8 - L270 by going to search find & select.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I know how to create a drop down validation list. Please send instructions for how
"the value once selected becomes searchable as are the values in L8 - L270 by going to search find & select."
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Does this involve a combo box and VB code?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I am trying this...I created a drop down with Data, Data validation by LIST on L8 - L270. I cannot type in the drop down to select Locations in column L...Are you referring to HOME, Find & Select? That does not "autopopulate".
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

i see you are trying to type a value into a box and have the list populate as you type

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

you said search and this is very different

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
the drop down is 'searchable' or 'auto populating'
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Exectly! Thebuse type a value into a box and have the list populate as you type
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

i have never seen something like this work reliably in excel, no matter what type of listbox is being used

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
what about a macro or running a form?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Well if there is anyone who can help me write a macro or excel form, I'll be glad to pay them.
Microsoft Office Technician: The-PC-Guy, Computer Manager replied 8 months ago

let me try a few things and get back to you.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago
bbao
bbao, IT Consultant
Category: Microsoft Office
Satisfied Customers: 1,538
Experience: CISM / CISSP / MCSD - Azure Solutions Architect / MCSE - Cloud Platform and Infrastructure / MS MVP
Verified

Basically, do you mean you want to make the cells from A8 to A168 searchable against values from L8 to L270?

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
that is correct the 400 cells in column A will each read the drop down list in L8 to L270
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
If you can help me please let me know I'll be glad to pay you. Perhaps a form would work. Or perhaps a macro would work.
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

It should work without a macro.

It seems your have enabled macro for your workbook.

I am reviewing and creating an example for you.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
please do, I'll be glad to pay you for your time.
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

Thanks.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

Please see attached the demo workbook and let me know if the dropdown list from C4 to C18 is what you are after. Thanks.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok I'll take a look. Thank you
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

Can you please also let me know why you created the spreadsheet in XLSM format (macro format)? Just for the dropdown list?

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'm in Atlanta Georgia so I won't be in front of a PC again until tomorrow morning at 7 AM Eastern standard time.I found an example on the internet with a macro and tried it. The macro works for 1 row. However, I'm going to have 441 assets that have unique serial numbers. Each serial number will have a location selected from the drop-down menu. So it would take me weeks to make for 441 drop downs. For example
serial number 1 will go to location the CDBG. Serial number 2 will go to location Cobb works. Serial number 3 will go to sheriff.I'm trying to make the location a selection in a drop-down list. Did you see the example I emailed earlier today to 'The PC Guy'?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
My boss did not want to scroll down through the 262 choices of locations in a drop down list. The drop-down had to be "searchable" or " auto populating".
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

Did you check my demo workbook? Is it something "searchable" or " auto populating" for C4 to C18?

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
http://f01.justanswer.com.s3.amazonaws.com/NdIRjHci/Template_-_PC_Replacement_spreadsheet_2016_Autocomplete_with_VBA_code_works_9-19-17_-_Copy.zipI'll try to send the z
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'm sorry I'm not at work in front of a PC where I can access excel. I'm at home in Atlanta Georgia. I'll check it at 7 AM in the morning Eastern standard time.
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

I already have the ZIP file you shared here, which contains your XLSM file.

Please take your time to review my demo file, and let me know if it is something "searchable" or "auto populating" per your boss requirement.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Hello Bbao, I looked at the drop down you sent last night. You are correct that is 15 rows with a drop down. However, the manager does not want to scroll through 262 choices. A drop down is needed that is 'enterable' or 'searchable'. I ned to be able to type in the drop down cell. This is why I used VB code and a combo box so I could type my selections in the Drop down cell to narrow my search of the 262 choices. However, I could only get it to work for 1 row. I have 400 serial numbers that all need a unique location assigned to them. SO I began looking on the internet for other solutions/help and discovered this website.
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago
Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I lost the internet connection in my PC at work. Please resend. Currently I am messaging you on my iPhone 7plus
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Oh I am back on the site
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
that is exactly the web site tutorial I tried and the "autocomplete" drop down works great for 1 row. However, I must have a drop down for 400 rows of Serial Numbers. Would you like me to send the spreadsheet I created from this tutorial?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok, here is the zip file
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago
Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Let me check
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

Also check the YouTube video here.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have been trying the code ion contextures.com all day. The combo box does not work yet...
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
the drop down in the photo only works for 1 row
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Were you able to get it to work?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I downloaded the sample spreadsheet from the tutorial-It works for 7 rows. However if you type in T and expect to see Tuesday or Thursday an error message appears: This value doesn't match the data validation restrictions defined for his cell.
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

The message just means the given string value is not listed in the range of Location IDs.

Did you give the correct range in ListFillRange? Please check HERE for the explanation and the screenshot of Combox Properties.

BTW, to be honest, I guess you are probably making a simple thing complicated. :)

As you know, Data Validation doesn't support AutoComplete due to design limitation, but AutoComplete is allowed and enabled by default for inputting values in the same column. Therefore, why don't you simply move those Location IDs from column L to the bottom of column A, say from L8 to L270 to A288 to A560? Of course, you need to remove Data Validation previously applied to A8 to A270. The the input filed and reference source are in the same column, AutoComplete will be working by default. BTW, you need to fill something like "=" between input area (A8 - A270) and reference area (A288 - A560) as blank may stop AutoComplete finding the reference.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Let me try this; we may have to speak directly on my cell(###) ###-####
Microsoft Office Technician: bbao, IT Consultant replied 8 months ago

As per the site's rule, phone call belongs to premium services and needs to be offered and paid extra on top of this Q&A page. However, I may offer you my best rate for the call at $10 USD. If you agree, I can send you the offer. Thanks.

Ask Your Own Microsoft Office Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask bbao Your Own Question
bbao
bbao
bbao, IT Consultant
Category: Microsoft Office
Satisfied Customers: 1,538
1,538 Satisfied Customers
Experience: CISM / CISSP / MCSD - Azure Solutions Architect / MCSE - Cloud Platform and Infrastructure / MS MVP

bbao is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

My Expert answered my question promptly and he resolved the issue totally. This is a great service. I am so glad I found it I will definitely use the service again if needed.

One Happy CustomerNew York

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

jstinehelfer

jstinehelfer

Information Systems Manager

36 satisfied customers

A+ Comptia Certified computer repair

JasonJames122

JasonJames122

Computer Enthusiast

0 satisfied customers

I manage all information systems (network of Windows PC's and servers with Microsoft Office products) for a small business

Jess M.

Jess M.

Computer Support Specialist

701 satisfied customers

Computer Software Specialist for more than 10 years

The-PC-Guy

The-PC-Guy

Computer Manager

2,169 satisfied customers

20 years experience providing remote computer support

James K.

James K.

Consultant

260 satisfied customers

Technical Director of IT Company

IT Miro

IT Miro

Computer Scientist

157 satisfied customers

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Microsoft Certified Professional

Chris L.

Chris L.

Support Specialist

147 satisfied customers

Certified Expert with over 10 years experience.

< Previous | Next >

Related Microsoft Office Questions
Last week I purchased office 365 and installed it on my
last week I purchased office 365 and installed it on my laptop. I JUST GOT A NEW DESKTOP AND CAN'T FIND THE PRODUCT KEY. hOW DO I GET IT? … read more
Jess M.
Jess M.
Computer Support Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
701 satisfied customers
I can't find my Microsoft 365 account information. I am
I am getting a new computer and want to make sure that I can transfer my Word, PowerPoint, Excell, etc. to it. … read more
William Harder
William Harder
SR Sytems Engineer
Technical School
44 satisfied customers
Though Paypal tells me that they paid Microsoft for my
Though Paypal tells me that they paid Microsoft for my Office 365 Renewal subscription, Microsoft still asks me to pay. Error message TraceId: 2nuA0aULckiavoDh.2.14.19 … read more
robert
robert
Bachelor's Degree
2,594 satisfied customers
I have office 365. I have access to shared calendars, and
Hi. I have office 365. I have access to shared calendars, and contacts. But I can't seem to access either on my android phone. I've been trying for days to figure out what I'm doing wrong. Still can't… read more
Harry
Harry
1,701 satisfied customers
I work for retail store chain and was tasked with analyzing
I work for retail store chain and was tasked with analyzing sales data - the main task is to investigative possible correlation between sold items to create offer packages. For example, if Shoes X are… read more
bbao
bbao
IT Consultant
1,538 satisfied customers
My email is not working since I had a Windows 10 system
my email is not working since I had a Windows 10 system upgrade … read more
John
John
System/Network administrator
High School or GED
2,072 satisfied customers
Installed Office 365 yesterday. When I click on Word, this
Installed Office 365 yesterday. When I click on Word, this message appears: … read more
Cody
Cody
Computer Science
2,301 satisfied customers
Got a call from Dell 1-877-479-7069 and they claim" SW
got a call from Dell 1-***-***-**** and they claim " SW installed on my computer has an error and they (dell) will refund me for it" Is this a fake … read more
Mr.Med
Mr.Med
1,102 satisfied customers
We recently started using microsoft teams. Today one our
We recently started using microsoft teams. Today one our staff cannot open excel or word documents on his computer, only online. He did have teams open on 2 separate computers at the same time so not … read more
bbao
bbao
IT Consultant
1,538 satisfied customers
I cannot get my computer to open microsoft account.
I cannot get my computer to open microsoft account … read more
Richard
Richard
IT Manager
IT Manager, Consultant
3,415 satisfied customers
I typed a word document. Could not figure out how to save
I typed a word document. Could not figure out how to save it. I accidentally hit mail merge. Ever since, a colorful ball has been spinning (for two hours). I am not able to copy the document or save i… read more
Richard
Richard
IT Manager
IT Manager, Consultant
3,415 satisfied customers
I am trying to print mailing labels using Avery label on
I am trying to print mailing labels using Avery label on Windows 10. I am attempting to do a page of different addresses. I used to be able to do this on my earlier version of windows. Does not work n… read more
Jess M.
Jess M.
Computer Support Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
701 satisfied customers
I'm getting all caps although the CapsLock is not engaged. I
I'm getting all caps although the CapsLock is not engaged … read more
Ameen Khan
Ameen Khan
Senior IT Support Specialist
Information Technology Management / Computer Science
6 satisfied customers
I installed Micro Soft Office at the beginning of 2017. Now
I installed Micro Soft Office at the beginning of 2017. Now I have to clean my Mac and re-install it and I need the Number (key) to re-install it. Can you get it to me? I think it was Office 2010 … read more
Harry
Harry
1,701 satisfied customers
Cannot access my windows store, sorry I ment microsoft
I have Word and Publisher 2013 and Windows 10. It is a new computer … read more
Mr.Med
Mr.Med
1,102 satisfied customers
How are u i tried to insert pic on exel sheet pic are too
hi how are u i tried to insert pic on exel sheet pic are too big done fit the tab' … read more
bbao
bbao
IT Consultant
1,538 satisfied customers
I am having trouble submitting a file to a publisher who
I am having trouble submitting a file to a publisher who insists that my version of Word is too old to submit my document as simply doc. Is this correct? … read more
Cody
Cody
Computer Science
2,301 satisfied customers
I purchased office last night, but I can't get outlook
I purchased office last night, but I can't get outlook running. it won't accept my password … read more
Richard
Richard
IT Manager
IT Manager, Consultant
3,415 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x