How to create a drop down list calendar (date picker) 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.

Method A: Create a drop down list calendar in Excel with the ActiveX Control
Method B: Easily insert date into cells with a cool tool
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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 works with Microsoft Excel 2007 and 32-bit versions of Excel 2016, 2013 and 2010.

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). If you are using Excel 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: If you enter the cell B3 into the LinkedCell box, when you selecting a date in the drop down calendar, the date will be linked and displayed in the cell B3.

6. An error dialog box will pop up after closing the Properties dialog, 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 to show the drop down calendar. When selecting date in the calendar, it will be automatically populated in the cell you specified above.

Easily insert date into cells with a cool tool

The above method only works with 32-bit versions of Excel 2016, 2013 and 2010. For those users who are using the 64-bit versions of Excel, how can they solve this problem? Here introduce a useful tool – the Insert Date utility of Kutools for Excel, with this utility, you can easily pick up dates with specific format from a date picker and insert in into selected cell with double-clicking. Download and try it now! ( 30-day free trail)

1. Click Kutools > Insert > Insert Date to enable the utility.

2. Then the Insert Date dialog pops up, select a cell, double click a date in the dialog will insert it into the selected cell.
Note: It supports inserting date into selected cell with specific date formatting. You just need to check the Using format box, choose a format in the right list box to get it down.

After finishing date entering in needed cells, close the Insert Date window.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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    Niharika · 10 months ago
    Is there a way to apply this technique to a range of cells
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    Tabassum · 1 years 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 years ago
      Hi Tabassum,
      There is no option in Excel 2007 to change the weekend days.
      You can change it in networkdays functions.
  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished. · 1 years 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 · 1 years 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 · 1 years ago
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    Eduarda · 2 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 · 2 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 · 3 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 · 2 years ago
      Dear kimtvt,
      Sorry i can't fix the problem as well.