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How to add tick and cross symbols into drop down list in Excel?

Normally, after inserting tick and cross symbols in cells with symbol function and then create drop down lists with them as data source, the results will be displayed as ü or û in drop down cells. How to display the actual ✓ and symbols in cells after selecting items from the drop down list? The below VBA method will help to create a tick and cross drop down list in Excel.

Add tick and cross symbols into drop down list with VBA code


Add tick and cross symbols into drop down list with VBA code


With the below VBA code, you can insert tick and cross drop-down lists into specified cells in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. In the worksheet you will create tick and cross symbols drop down lists, right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the context menu.

2. Then the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window opens, please copy below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code 1: Add tick and cross symbols into drop down list

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Update by Extendoffice 20180703
    If Intersect(Target, Range("B1:B10")) Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    If Target.Value = "Tick" Then
        Target.Value = "P"
    ElseIf Target.Value = "Cross" Then
        Target.Value = "S"
    End If
End Sub

3. Go on clicking Insert > Module, then copy the following code 2 into the Module window.

VBA code 2: Add tick and cross symbols into drop down list

Sub usingSymbols()
'Update by Extendoffice 20180703
    Dim xRg As Range
    Set xRg = Range("B1:B10")
    xRg.Font.Name = "Wingdings 2"
    xRg.Validation.Add xlValidateList, , , "Tick,Cross"
End Sub

Note: In the above code, B1:B10 is the range of cells you will create tick and cross drop-down list. Please change the range as you need.

4. Press the F5 key to run the code.

Now the tick and cross symbols drop-down lists are inserted into range B1:B10. Select Tick from the drop-down will insert ✓ into cell, and select Cross will display symbol. See screenshot:


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