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How to create a drop down list calendar in Excel?

With drop down calendar in Excel worksheet, you can easily select a specific date from it without manually typing. This tutorial shows you how to create a calendar in Excel worksheet using the ActiveX Control.

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Create a drop down list calendar in Excel

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Create a drop down list calendar in Excel

For creating a drop down calendar in Excel, please do as follows.

Note: This method can only apply to Microsoft Excel 2007 as well as the 32-bits of the later Excel version.

1. Firstly, if you cannot see the Developer tab in the ribbon, you need to show it as follows.

1). In Excel 2010 and the later version, click File > Options. And in the Options dialog box, click Customize Ribbon in the right pane, check the Developer box, then click the OK button. See screenshot:

2). In Outlook 2007, click Office button > Excel Options. In the Excel Options dialog box, click Popular in the right bar, then check the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon box, and finally click the OK button.

2. Then click Developer > Insert > More Controls. See screenshot:

3. In the More Control dialog box, select Microsoft Date and Time Picker Control 6.0 (SP6) and then click the OK button.

4. Then draw the drop down list to the worksheet where you want it to appear, and resize the box with dragging its corner.

5. Right click the drop down list and click Properties from the list. In the Properties dialog box, enter a specific cell in the LinkedCell box, and then close the dialog box. See screenshot:

Note: In this section, if you enter the cell A1 into the LinkedCell box, when you selecting a date in the drop down calendar, the date will be linked and displayed in the cell A1.

6. In this step, an error dialog box will pop up, just ignore it with clicking the OK button.

6. Now you need to turn off the Design Mode in this worksheet with clicking Developer > Design Mode.

7. Click the arrow button, you will get the drop down calendar displaying in the worksheet. When you selecting date in the calendar, it will link to the cell you specified above automatically.

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    Tabassum · 2 months ago
    I want to change the weekend days from Sunday and Saturday to only Friday. But couldn't find the calendar option in MS Excel 2007. Please help
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      crystal · 1 months ago
      Hi Tabassum,
      There is no option in Excel 2007 to change the weekend days.
      You can change it in networkdays functions.
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    NAtasha Smith · 8 months ago
    When I draw the drop down list to the worksheet where I want it to appear i receive the following message "cannot insert object".
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      crystal · 7 months ago
      It's hard to figure out the problem with your simple description. Please create a new workbook for testing or attach your file if you don't mind.
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    Addie Jhan · 10 months ago
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    Eduarda · 1 years ago
    Can't I simply paste in other cells? I tried and changed the cell position in properties and it's not working
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Dear Eduarda,
      You can paste the selected date in other cell by changing the Linkedcell position in the properties dialog box.
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    kimtvt · 2 years ago
    I don't know why I re-open the file, the calendar box moved to another location?

    sorry I can't include the picture to explain
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Dear kimtvt,
      Sorry i can't fix the problem as well.