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How to increase drop down list font size in Excel?

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Drop down list is a very helpful feature in Excel, when you create drop down list in your worksheet, have you ever tried to increase the font size of the drop down list to make the selected record larger and more readable as left screenshot shown? This article will talk about a workaround to solve it.

Increase drop down list font size with VBA code to enlarge the zoom


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Increase drop down list font size with VBA code to enlarge the zoom


In fact, there is no direct way for us to increase the font size of the drop down list, but, you can apply the following VBA code to change the drop down list cells zoom setting to make the text appear larger. Please do as follows:

1. Go the worksheet which contains the drop down list that you want to increase its font size.

2. Right click the sheet tab, and select View Code from the context menu, in the popped out Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the following code into the blank Module window:

VBA code: Increase drop down list font size to enlarge the cell zoom

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
'updateby Extendoffice 20160530
    On Error GoTo LZoom
    Dim xZoom As Long
    xZoom = 100
    If Target.Validation.Type = xlValidateList Then xZoom = 130
LZoom:
    ActiveWindow.Zoom = xZoom
End Sub

3. Then save and close this code, now, when you click the drop down list cells, the cell’s zoom will be enlarged, and the drop down list will be appeared larger, but, when you click other cells not contain the drop down list, the cell zoom will be normal.

Note: In the above code, xZoom = 130 will change the drop down list cells zoom to be 130, you can change this zoom number to your need.


Demo: Increase drop down list font size with VBA code to enlarge the zoom


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    Ace · 1 years ago
    Hi, Just question i have pasted the code onto blank Module window (Right click in view code). Once i save, is function well that was good. But when i close the file and re-open it, the code was gone and no more enlarge for the drop down list. Can i know how to set for permanent use?
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hello, Ace,
      To save the code, you should save the Excel file as Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook format. Please try it.
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    Paul Roberts · 1 years ago
    How can I apply this font change size to only one column? I have several columns with drop-down boxes and I only want one specific column to change font size?
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    Dave Harlev · 1 years ago
    This zooms the whole sheet to 130%
    How do I increase only the drop menu ?
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hello, Dave,
      To only increase the drop down menu, here is a workaround to solve it.

      First, after inserting the drop down list in your worksheet, then you should insert an Combo Box (ActiveX Controls),and then apply the following VBA code into the sheet module code:

      Dim xRg As Range
      Private Sub ComboBox1_Change()
      On Error Resume Next
      xRg.Value = Me.ComboBox1.Text
      End Sub
      Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
      On Error GoTo LblExit
      With Me.ComboBox1
      .Visible = False
      If Target.Validation.Type = xlValidateList Then
      Target.Validation.InCellDropdown = False
      .ListWidth = 120
      .ListFillRange = ""
      .ListFillRange = Target.Validation.Formula1
      .Left = Target.Left
      .Top = Target.Top
      .Width = Target.Width
      .Height = Target.Height
      .Font.Size = 16
      .Visible = True
      Set xRg = Target
      End If
      End With
      LblExit:
      End Sub

      After inserting the code, now when you click the drop down list cell, a combo box will be displayed, and font size in the drop down menu is increased as you need. And the inserted combo box will be hidden automatically.

      Please try it, hope it can help you!
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        ITALO BELMONTE · 5 months ago
        Can you explain it step by step for dummies pls?
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          skyyang · 5 months ago
          Hello, ITALO,
          1. Insert the drop down you need in your worksheet;
          2. Then insert a Combo Box (ActiveX Controls) by clicking Developer > Insert > Combo Box (ActiveX Controls), and then drag the mouse to draw a Combo Box object;
          3. And then, right click your current used worksheet, choose View Code, and paste the above code into the module;
          4. At last, click Design Mode under the Developer tab to disable it.
          5. Now when you click the drop down list cell, a combo box will be displayed, and font size in the drop down menu is increased as you need.
          Please try, hope it can help you!
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        GJ · 10 months ago
        GENIUS! Thank you Skyyang! So grateful for your method! Works like a charm!
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    George · 1 years ago
    After using this code, I can't use return key on Excel. How can I code (install) return key?
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    John Driscoll · 1 years ago
    This does not work for me. I pasted the text as instructed. When i clicked on the drop down menu the font size was the same. When i then clicked on a different cell, the whole spreadsheet increased in size perhaps by 30%. Really would like a work around if possible
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    Ahmed Sobhy · 2 years ago
    Thanks, it works well
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    Noel · 2 years ago
    Hi, Just wondering why this feature disappear after the file is saved and re-open?
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      Miemie Yang · 2 years ago
      Hi, Noel, you should save the Excel file as Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook format.
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    Travis · 2 years ago
    Like the directions indicate, you must change the zoom from "100" to "130" or a different zoom to see any changes. However, the 1st comment is accurate in that it does not just change the drop down menu, but rather once you click on the cell it will zoom the entire sheet 130% to zoom in on that cell. Not very helpful because then you just have to zoom back out every time.
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      garth · 1 years ago
      or select an alternate cell in the workbook to return it to 100 as stated in the Macro

      Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)'updateby Extendoffice 20160530 On Error GoTo LZoom Dim xZoom As Long xZoom = 100 If Target.Validation.Type = xlValidateList Then xZoom = 130LZoom: ActiveWindow.Zoom = xZoomEnd Sub
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    Harlem Eins · 2 years ago
    I'm running Office 2016 and using drop-down boxes. I tried the "Increase drop down list font size with VBA code to enlarge the zoom" but it does not work. Is there anything else I should do to make it work?

    Thank you!
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    Michael · 3 years ago
    So, this code makes the whole sheet zoom, not just the drop down box. It also says "cannot save...... VB Project in a macro disabled workbook". Blah blah blah. If I have to hunt all over hell's half acre to get a complete answer to this issue, this is not an answer.
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      Harlem Eins · 2 years ago
      [quote name="Michael"]So, this code makes the whole sheet zoom, not just the drop down box. It also says "cannot save...... VB Project in a macro disabled workbook". Blah blah blah. If I have to hunt all over hell's half acre to get a complete answer to this issue, this is not an answer.[/quote]

      Simply save the workbook as xlsm and follow the steps again. BTW I tried it and it does NOT work for me at all; zoom is still at 100%.