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How to create drop down list with multiple checkboxes in Excel?

Many Excel users tend to create drop down list with multiple checkboxes in order to select multiple items from the list per time. Actually, you can’t create a list with multiple checkboxes with Data Validation. In this tutorial, we are going to show you two methods to create drop down list with multiple checkboxes in Excel.

Use List Box to create a drop down list with multiple checkboxes
A: Create a list box with source data
B: Name the cell which you will locate the selected items
C: Insert a shape to help output the selected items
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Use List Box to create a drop down list with multiple checkboxes

As below screenshot shown, in current worksheet, all names in range A2:A11 will be the source data of the list box. Click on the button in cell C4 can output the selected items, and all selected items in the list box will be displayed in cell E4. To achieve this, please do as follows.

A. Create a list box with source data

1. Click Developer > Insert > List Box (Active X Control). See screenshot:

2. Draw a list box in current worksheet, right click it and then select Properties from the right-clicking menu.

3. In the Properties dialog box, you need to configure as follows.

  • 3.1 In the ListFillRange box, enter the source range you will display in the list (here I enter range A2:A11);
  • 3.2 In the ListStyle box, select 1 - fmList StyleOption;
  • 3.3 In the MultiSelect box, select 1 – fmMultiSelectMulti;
  • 3.4 Close the Properties dialog box. See screenshot:

B: Name the cell which you will locate the selected items

If you need to output all selected items into a specified cell such as E4, please do as follows.

1. Select the cell E4, enter ListBoxOutput into the Name Box and press the Enter key.

C. Insert a shape to help output the selected items

1. Click Insert > Shapes > Rectangle. See screenshot:

2. Draw a rectangle in your worksheet (here I draw the rectangle in cell C4). Then right click the rectangle and select Assign Macro from the right-clicking menu.

3. In the Assign Macro dialog box, click the New button.

4. In the opening Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please replace the original code in the Module window with the below VBA code.

VBA code: Create a list with multiple checkboxes

Sub Rectangle1_Click()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20200730
Dim xSelShp As Shape, xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer
Dim xV As String
Set xSelShp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)
Set xLstBox = ActiveSheet.ListBox1
If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
    xLstBox.Visible = True
    xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Pickup Options"
    xStr = ""
    xStr = Range("ListBoxOutput").Value
    
    If xStr <> "" Then
         xArr = Split(xStr, ";")
    For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
        xV = xLstBox.List(I)
        For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
            If xArr(J) = xV Then
              xLstBox.Selected(I) = True
              Exit For
            End If
        Next
    Next I
    End If
Else
    xLstBox.Visible = False
    xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Select Options"
    For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
        If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
        xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & ";" & xSelLst
        End If
    Next I
    If xSelLst <> "" Then
        Range("ListBoxOutput") = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 1)
    Else
        Range("ListBoxOutput") = ""
    End If
End If
End Sub

Note: In the code, Rectangle1 is the shape name; ListBox1 is the name of the list box; Select Options and Pickup Options are the displayed texts of the shape; and the ListBoxOutput is the range name of the output cell. You can change them based on your needs.

5. Press Alt + Q keys simultaneously to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

6. Click on the rectangle button will fold or expand the list box. When the list box is expanding, checking the items in the list box, and then click the rectangle again to output all selected items into cell E4. See below demo:

7. And then save the workbook as an Excel MacroEnable Workbook for reusing the code in the future.


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The above method is too multistep to handle easily. Here highly recommend the Drop-down List with Check Boxes utility of Kutools for Excel to help you easily create drop-down list with checkboxes in a specified range, current worksheet, current workbook or all opened workbooks based on your needs. See the below demo:
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Besides the above demo, we also provide a step-by-step guide to demonstrate how to apply this feature to achieve this task. Please do as follows.

1. Open the worksheet that you have set data validation drop-down list, click Kutools > Drop-down List > Drop-down List with Check Boxes > Settings. See screenshot:

2. In the Drop-down List wit Check Boxes Settings dialog box, please configure as follows.

  • 2.1) In the Apply to section, specify the applying scope where you will create checkboxes for items in drop-down list. You can specify a certain range, current worksheet, current workbook or all opened workbooks based on your needs.
  • 2.2) In the Mode section, choose a style which you want to output the selected items;
  • Here takes the Modify option as an example, if you choose this, the cell value will be changed based on the selected items.
  • 2.3) In the Separator box, enter a delimiter which you will use to separate the multiple items;
  • 2.4) In the Text Direction section, select an text direction based on your needs;
  • 2.5) Click the OK button.

3. The last step, click Kutools > Drop-down List > Drop-down List with Check Boxes > Enable Drop-down List of Check Boxes to activate this feature.

From now on, when you click the cells with drop-down list in a specified scope, a list box will pop up, please select items by checking the checkboxes to output into cell as the below demo shown (Take the Modify mode as an example).

For more details of this feature, please visit here.

  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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Create drop down list from another workbook in Excel
It is quite easy to create a data validation drop down list among worksheets within a workbook. But if the list data you need for the data validation locates in another workbook, what would you do? In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a drop fown list from another workbook in Excel in details.

Create a searchable drop down list in Excel
For a drop down list with numerous values, finding a proper one is not an easy work. Previously we have introduced a method of auto completing drop down list when enter the first letter into the drop down box. Besides the autocomplete function, you can also make the drop down list searchable for enhancing the working efficiency in finding proper values in the drop down list. For making drop down list searchable, try the method in this tutorial.

Auto populate other cells when selecting values in Excel drop down list
Let’s say you have created a drop down list based on the values in cell range B8:B14. When you selecting any value in the drop down list, you want the corresponding values in cell range C8:C14 be automatically populated in a selected cell. For solving the problem, the methods in this tutorial will do you a favor.

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Hello-

This is fabulous, but I was wondering if there is a way to call the code as a subroutine, ie Click Button 1, run this code with X List Box and X Output cell. I want to pass the listbox and the output cell as variables into this code. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I've tried this:
Private Sub Rectangle1_Click()
Call MultiSelctDropdown(ListBox1,Output1)
End Sub

Private Sub Rectangle2_Click()
Call MultiSelctDropdown(ListBox2,Output2)
End Sub

Private Sub MultiSelectDropdown(ListBox As String, Output As String)
Dim xSelShp As Shape, xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer
Dim xV As String
Set xSelShp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)
Set xLstBox = ActiveSheet.ListBox
If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
xLstBox.Visible = True
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Enter"
xStr = ""
xStr = Range("Output").Value

If xStr <> "" Then
xArr = Split(xStr, ",")
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
xV = xLstBox.List(I)
For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
If xArr(J) = xV Then
xLstBox.Selected(I) = True
Exit For
End If
Next
Next I
End If
Else
xLstBox.Visible = False
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Click Here to Select Products"
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & "," & xSelLst
End If
Next I
If xSelLst <> "" Then
Range("Output") = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 1)
Else
Range("Output") = ""
End If
End If
End Sub
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Ok I figured this one out (see below)

But now I want to have only ONE list box that I can use over and over again with different buttons but different output depending on the button pushed. And the code below works for this EXCEPT the items selected when the list box pops up includes all items that have been outputted from the code.

If list box1 contains

Apples
Oranges
Pears
Kiwi

and button 1 is pressed and Apples is selected, when button 2 is pressed Apples is already selected, and if during button press 2 pears is selected when you go back to button 1 Apples AND Pears are selected.

How can I either clear all selected when a button is pressed OR make the selected options equal to the output.


Private Sub Button1_Click()
Call ProductSelection(ActiveSheet.ListBox1, "Button1Output", 243, 215)
End Sub
Private Sub Button2_Click()
Call ProductSelection(ActiveSheet.ListBox1, "Button2Output", 472, 215)
End Sub



Private Sub ProductSelection(xListBox As Object, Output As String, left As Integer, height As Integer)
Dim xSelShp As Shape, xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer
Dim xV As String
Set xSelShp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)
Set xLstBox = xListBox
If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
xLstBox.Visible = True
xLstBox.left = left
xLstBox.height = height
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Enter"
xStr = ""
xStr = Range(Output).Value

If xStr <> "" Then
xArr = Split(xStr, ",")
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
xV = xLstBox.List(I)
For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
If xArr(J) = xV Then
xLstBox.Selected(I) = True
Exit For
End If
Next
Next I
End If
Else
xLstBox.Visible = False
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Click Here to Select Products"
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & "," & xSelLst
End If
Next I
If xSelLst <> "" Then
Range(Output) = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 1)
Else
Range(Output) = ""
End If
End If
End Sub
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Hi there- this is super helpful, thank you! Can you tell me how I can draw a list box based on a list in a different worksheet (but same file)? I've tried entering my worksheet name (i.e., 'lists') followed by the range in the list fill range (after clicking on Properties) but this does not work.Thanks!
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Hi Meghan,Supposing you want to <span style="letter-spacing: 0.2px; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">ListBox1</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.2px; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Sheet1</span><div data-tag="code">Sub listboxlistfillrangefromdifferentsheet()
Sheet1.ListBox1.ListFillRange = Sheet2.Range("A2:A20").Address(, , , True)
End Sub
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hello, I have a problem with the list box: to make the list going down, I have to click on the box that allows the list to go down but when I click, it does not go down automatically, I have to click outside the list so that it refreshes and the list goes down, what to do? Thank you
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Hi,You can't scroll ActiveX Listbox by mouse wheel. There is no setting for it.

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Hi, thank you for sharing this! I have a question though, is it possible to populate different cells based on the selected option?For example, instead of having everything in one cell, each selection is populated in the cell below the earlier selection. Thank you!
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Hi faez,
The VBA below helps to populate the selected options in different cells on the same row. Please have a try.

Sub Rectangle2_Click()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20211124
Dim xSelShp As Shape, xSelLst As Variant, I As Integer
Dim xRg As Range
Set xSelShp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)
Set xLstBox = ActiveSheet.ListBox1
If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
xLstBox.Visible = True
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Pickup Options"
Else
xLstBox.Visible = False
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Select Options"
Set xRg = Range("ListBoxOutput")
For I = 0 To xLstBox.ListCount - 1
If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I)
xRg.Value = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst))
Set xRg = xRg.Offset(0, 1)
End If
Next I
End If
End Sub
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Hi Crystal,
Thanks a lot for this code, very helpful and convenient. One question : how to adpat it in order not to have the separator ";" if only one item is selected ?
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Hi Eloi,No separator is displayed when you select only one item in the list.
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Thanks Crystal, the mistake was in my adaptation of the code.
If someone needs to adapt it with a click on a cell instead of a click on a shape, you could try this (with a call to this sub in your sheet, with a condition when your cell is selected)

Sub affichage_liste(xLstBox As MSForms.ListBox, texte1 As String)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20200730
Dim xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer
Dim xV As String

If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
xLstBox.Visible = True
xStr = ""
xStr = Range(texte1).Value

If xStr <> "" Then
xArr = Split(xStr, ";")
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
xV = xLstBox.List(I)
For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
If xArr(J) = xV Then
xLstBox.Selected(I) = True
Exit For
End If
Next
Next I
End If
Else
xLstBox.Visible = False
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & "; " & xSelLst
End If
Next I
If xSelLst <> "" Then
Range(texte1) = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 2)
Else
Range(texte1) = ""
End If
End If
End Sub
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Hi Eloi,The code you provided doesn't seem to work. I have modified it again as below.  After adding the code in your Sheet(Code) window, go back to the worksheet, click the cell C4 to expand the list box, after selecting items from the list box, click on any cell in the worksheet to output the selection, and no separator is displayed when you select only one item in the list.
<div data-tag="code">Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20211223
Dim xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer
Dim xV As String
Set xLstBox = ActiveSheet.ListBox1

If Target.Address = "$C$4" Then


If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
xLstBox.Visible = True
xStr = ""
xStr = Range("ListBoxOutput").Value

If xStr <> "" Then
xArr = Split(xStr, ";")
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
xV = xLstBox.List(I)
For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
If xArr(J) = xV Then
xLstBox.Selected(I) = True
Exit For
End If
Next
Next I
End If

End If

Else
xLstBox.Visible = False

For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & "; " & xSelLst
End If
Next I
If xSelLst <> "" Then
Range("ListBoxOutput") = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 2)
Else
Range("ListBoxOutput") = ""
End If


End If

End Sub
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Thanks a lot Crystal
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Bonjour,Je suis plus que novice sur excel étant sur mac je ne peux utiliser l'outil Kutools j'ai donc tenté de créer une liste déroulante où l'on peut cocher plusieurs items mais je bloque dès le début dans l'onglet développeur puisque je n'ai pas du tout l'outil "insert".Merci pour votre aide
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Hi I am newbie to VBA. I tried to execute the code but i get the following error "Run-time error '-2147024809 (80070057)': The Item with the specified name wasn't found". Can you help me with this
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Hi Gowtham,It seem that this error occurs when you running the code directly in the Code editor (the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window).After adding the code, please press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window. Go back to the worksheet and execute the code by clicking the rectangle button (see the .gif picture in step 6).
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Hi Crystal, even after your tip am getting same error as Gowtham. My error is right after protect my sheet. Would you please help me with this issue?
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Hi Crystal, Even After your tip I am getting same error as Gowtham.
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Hi Mina,Which Excel and Windows version are you using?
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Hello,I added this code to an existing macro template and it is loading the selections correctly, but it is NOT clearing out the x on the selected items..This will be used on/in a template worksheet that has submit button/macro to load the worksheet answers into a hidden worksheet with a data table.And am happy to say the field data loaded to the cell, transferred into my variable, and loaded to the data table as expected.
This code was a HUGE blessing!
I use excel 2016
How do I fix this. I am using this version from below.
Sub Rectangle1_Click()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20200730
Dim xSelShp As Shape, xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer
Dim xV As String
Set xSelShp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)
Set xLstBox = ActiveSheet.ListBox1
If xLstBox.Visible = False Then
xLstBox.Visible = True
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Pickup Options"
xStr = ""
xStr = Range("ListBoxOutput").Value

If xStr <> "" Then
xArr = Split(xStr, ";")
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
xV = xLstBox.List(I)
For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
If xArr(J) = xV Then
xLstBox.Selected(I) = True
Exit For
End If
Next
Next I
End If
Else
xLstBox.Visible = False
xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Select Options"
For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then
xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & ";" & xSelLst
End If
Next I
If xSelLst <> "" Then
Range("ListBoxOutput") = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 1)
Else
Range("ListBoxOutput") = ""
End If
End If
End Sub
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Hello,

I'm having a similar problem to Tom from 2 months ago. When I try to share my file with a colleague, the multi-select droplist list isn't working. However, I used the Kutools add-on to create this as opposed to creating it myself. I've also saved it as macro-enabled.
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Hi ben,The multi-select drop down list feature of Kutools only works in the Excel that installed our Kutools. We are working on this issue, sorry for the inconvenience.
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Hello I looking the resolve for problem with saving choosing on drop down list

when i choose something on list and send file to my colleague, then when he open file and want to check my list then list has cleared and cell "ListBoxOutput" was cleared too.

help please :)
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Hi Tom,
Please save the workbook as an "Excel MacroEnable Workbook" and then send this .xlsm file to your colleague.
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hello i save this file in this format from beginning ;), but without effect. still when i fill file and send to someone then when he opened file and click to "shape" then macro started from begin and cleared list
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Hi Tom,
I am sorry for the mistake. The code has been updated again. Please have a try.

Sub Rectangle1_Click()

'Updated by Extendoffice 20200730

Dim xSelShp As Shape, xSelLst As Variant, I, J As Integer

Dim xV As String

Set xSelShp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)

Set xLstBox = ActiveSheet.ListBox1

If xLstBox.Visible = False Then

xLstBox.Visible = True

xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Pickup Options"

xStr = ""

xStr = Range("ListBoxOutput").Value



If xStr <> "" Then

xArr = Split(xStr, ";")

For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1

xV = xLstBox.List(I)

For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)

If xArr(J) = xV Then

xLstBox.Selected(I) = True

Exit For

End If

Next

Next I

End If

Else

xLstBox.Visible = False

xSelShp.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Select Options"

For I = xLstBox.ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1

If xLstBox.Selected(I) = True Then

xSelLst = xLstBox.List(I) & ";" & xSelLst

End If

Next I

If xSelLst <> "" Then

Range("ListBoxOutput") = Mid(xSelLst, 1, Len(xSelLst) - 1)

Else

Range("ListBoxOutput") = ""

End If

End If

End Sub
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Now it's working perfectly.

Many thanks for your help
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