How to autocomplete a textbox when typing in Excel?
By default, Excel can remember what you have entered in cells of current worksheet and autocomplete this content next time when typing a related initial letter into a new cell. However, if you want to make all contents you have entered in worksheet to be autocomplete in a textbox (ActiveX Control), how could you do? This article will provide a VBA method to help you autocomplete a textbox when typing an initial letter inside.
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Please do as follows to make a textbox autocomplete when typing an initial letter inside the textbox.
1. Please insert a textbox by clicking Developer > Insert > Text Box (ActiveX Control). See screenshot:
2. And then click Developer > Insert > List Box (ActiveX Control) to insert a list box into current worksheet. See screenshot:
3. Right-click the sheet tab, then click View Code from the context menu as below screenshot shown.
4. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste below VBA code into the Code window. And then click Tools > References, and then check the Microsoft Scripting Runtime box in the References – VBAProject dialog box. See screenshot:
VBA code: Autocomplete a textbox when typing
Dim xRg As Range Dim xDic As New Dictionary Private Sub ListBox1_DblClick(ByVal Cancel As MSForms.ReturnBoolean) Me.TextBox1.Value = Me.ListBox1.Value End Sub Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range) Dim xVal As String On Error Resume Next If IsNumeric(Target.Value) Then xVal = Str(Target.Value) Else xVal = Target.Value End If If xVal <> "" Then If Not xDic.Exists(xVal) Then xDic.Add xVal, xVal End If End If End Sub Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range) Me.ListBox1.Visible = False End Sub Private Sub Worksheet_Activate() Dim I As Long Dim xStr As String On Error Resume Next If xRg Is Nothing Then Set xRg = ActiveSheet.UsedRange End If Me.ListBox1.Visible = False xDic.RemoveAll With Me.ListBox1 For I = 1 To xRg.Count xStr = xRg(I).Value If xStr <> "" Then .AddItem xStr If Not xDic.Exists(xStr) Then xDic.Add xStr, xStr End If End If Next End With End Sub Private Sub TextBox1_KeyUp(ByVal KeyCode As MSForms.ReturnInteger, ByVal Shift As Integer) With Me.ListBox1 .Top = Me.TextBox1.Top .Left = Me.TextBox1.Left + Me.TextBox1.Width .Width = Me.TextBox1.Width End With TextBoxVal Me.TextBox1.Object End Sub Sub TextBoxVal(xTextBox As Variant) Dim I As Long Dim xStr As String On Error Resume Next Application.ScreenUpdating = False If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub Me.ListBox1.Clear xStr = xTextBox.Value If xStr = "" Then Me.ListBox1.Visible = False Application.EnableEvents = True Exit Sub End If For I = 0 To UBound(xDic.Items) If Left(xDic.Items(I), Len(xStr)) = xStr Then Me.ListBox1.AddItem xDic.Items(I) End If Next Me.ListBox1.Visible = True If Me.ListBox1.ListCount > 0 Then With xTextBox .Value = Me.ListBox1.List(0) .SelStart = Len(xStr) .SelLength = Len(Me.ListBox1.List(0)) End With End If Me.ListBox1.Activate Me.ListBox1.Selected(0) = True Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub Private Sub ListBox1_KeyDown(ByVal KeyCode As MSForms.ReturnInteger, ByVal Shift As Integer) If KeyCode = 13 Then Me.TextBox1.Value = Me.ListBox1.Value End If End Sub
Note: In the code, ListBox1 and Textbox1 are the name of the list box and textbox you have inserted into your worksheet.
5. Press the Alt + Q keys to exit the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
6. Turn off the Design Mode by clicking Developer > Design Mode in the worksheet.
7. Now shift to another worksheet and then go back to the previous worksheet to enable the VBA code.
From now on. When entering an initial letter into the textbox, all texts which begin with that letter you have entered into the worksheet will be listed inside the list box which located on the right side of the textbox. Please double click your needed one to enter it into the textbox. See screenshot:
Note: You can use the Up or Down arrow key to move among all autocomplete texts in the list box, and then press the Enter key to enter needed one into the textbox.
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To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 3 years agoWhy would anyone go for writing a script when there are simpler ways to get a dropdown list???