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How to auto display a default value while deleting value in drop-down list in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-11-20

In Excel, you can create a drop-down list for users to select value from the list by using Data Validation. But in some cases, you may want to display a default value such as -select- in the drop down list cell instead of blank while the selected item has been deleted as below screenshot shown. In this article, I introduce a method on solving this job in Excel.
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Auto display a default value while deleting value in drop-down list

Auto display a default value while deleting value in drop-down list

1. Right click at the sheet tab which contain the drop-down list you use, then click View Code in the context menu.
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2. In the popping Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, copy and paste below code to the blank script.

VBA: Display default value while deleting selected item in drop down list

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim xObjV As Validation
On Error Resume Next
Set xObjV = Target.Validation
If xObjV.Type = xlValidateList Then
 If IsEmpty(Target.Value) Then Target.Value = "-Select-"
End If
End Sub

3. Then save this code. Now after deleting the selected items first time, the default value will be displayed until item is selected in the drop-down list.

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