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How to set a default value in a textbox?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2017-01-16

You can quickly insert a textbox into a worksheet, but, sometimes, you want to display a default value into the textbox which reminds other users to enter the relative information. Do you have any ideas to solve this job in Excel?

Set a default value in a textbox with VBA code

arrow blue right bubble Set a default value in a textbox with VBA code

To make a default value in a textbox, the following VBA code can help you:

1. Insert the textbox by clicking Developer > Insert > Text Box (ActiveX Control), and then draw a text box as you need, see screenshot:

doc default value textbox 1

2. Then right click the text box, and select View Code from the context menu, copy and paste the following VBA code to replace the original code into the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window:

VBA code: Set default value in textbox:

Private Sub TextBox1_GotFocus()
If Me.TextBox1.Value = "" Then
  Me.TextBox1.Value = "Your name, please!"
End If
End Sub

doc default value textbox 2

Note: In the above code, Textbox1 is the text box name that you inserted, you can change the default value “Your name, please!” to your own text.

3. And then save and close the code window, exit the Design mode, now, when you click the textbox, your default text is displayed automatically into the textbox, see screenshot:

doc default value textbox 3

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