How to show/display more than 8 lines in data validation list in Excel?
By default, a data validation drop-down list only shows 8 items in the list when clicking the drop-down arrow. So you need to drag the scroll bar down for viewing more values in the list. Actually, you can show more than 8 lines in a drop-down list with the help of Combo box. Please do as follows.
The Combo box can help you showing more than 8 lines in drop-down list in Excel.
1. Enable the Developer tab, then click Insert > Combo Box. See screenshot:
You can click here to know how to enable the Developer tab in Excel.
2. Draw a Combo Box in your worksheet and right click on it. Then select Format Control from the right-clicking menu.
3. In the Format Object dialog box, click the Control tab, and do the following operations:
3.1 Select the range with values you need to display in the drop-down list in the Input range box;
3.2 In the Cell link box, specify a linked cell for the Combo Box;
3.3 Then enter the certain drop down lines you want to display in the drop-down list in the Drop down lines box. For example, I want to display 11 lines in the drop down list, then I enter number 11;
3.4 Click the OK button.
You can see more than 8 lines (number of drop down lines you specified) are displayed in the drop-down list as below screenshot shown.
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- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 10 months agoI see now why they don't follow, but I don't know how to fix it; The ComboBox shows the value chosen from the range (in this case a single column of names), but the linked cell does not, it just shows the number of the row in the range? So if I choose the first name in the drop down list the ComboBox shows that name, but the linked cell shows 1, and so on.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 10 months agoThank you for this one, finally more rows than one in the drop down.
But I'm getting a follow up problem; My HLOOKUP/VLOOKUP formulas doesn't seem to follow the input in the ComboBox, any easy solution for that?
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoWhen using a combo box for my drop down, how do I use a table column as my input range?
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 11 months agoGood day,
In the Format Object dialog box, and under the Control tab, just select the table column you will display in the drop-down list in the Input range box.