Drop down list



Dear sir,

with best regards :
I have a workbook with around 25+ sheets on it and I was wondering i
its possible if I could put these sheets in a drop down list in sa
cell A1( sheet 1) so it would be easier to navigate and jumping to th
sheets. Is this possible with or without VBA code if so how would I g
about doing it?

Thank you for your help and time in adavance..


Did you know that you already have a dropdown list for your Tabs (Sheets).
At the bottom to the left of the sheet tabs, right click on the arrows and
you will get the listing of all your tabs.

Dave Peterson

David McRitchie has some code that creates a table of contents (using

Another option if you want a more generic solution:
(From Debra Dalgleish's site.)

It builds a toolbar that you can use with any workbook to navigate to any

There's a link to an xl2007/ribbon version (by Ron de Bruin) on Debra's site.

If you're new to macros:

Debra Dalgleish has some notes how to implement macros here:

David McRitchie has an intro to macros:

Ron de Bruin's intro to macros:

(General, Regular and Standard modules all describe the same thing.)

Suleman Peerzade


You can try this.

in Link to (LHS) This document|and select the sheet in the current
workbook|Ok the link will get pasted in the cell you had selected.
Click "Yes" if it helps
Suleman Peerzade

Rick Rothstein

Here is something I have posted previously which you might find useful...

Okay, here is something I think will meet your needs (don't be put off by
the its length, it is really worth the effort)... its a UserForm which lets
you type partial entries, pick from a list and takes you to the indicated
sheet. I'm going to assume you do not know how to implement a UserForm and
talk you through the whole process.

Go to the Visual Basic editor (press Alt+F11 from any worksheet). Once
there, click Insert/UserForm form the menu bar. You will see a blank form
and a window with the caption Toolbox. The Toolbox has controls (TextBox,
ListBox, etc.) on it that you will be placing on the blank UserForm (note..
the Toolbox is displayed only when the UserForm has focus). Before we put
any controls on the UserForm, let's rename it. On the left side of the VB
editor should be a window with the caption "Properties - UserForm1" (if you
don't see this, press F4). The first field of the Properties window is
labeled (Name) and next to it is the word UserForm1... click the word
UserForm1 and type GoToSheetSelector in its place. Next, look down and find
the Height and Width properties and set them to these values...

Height = 230
Width = 165

These, and other properties for the controls we will be putting on the
UserForm, are initial settings to get you started... you will be able to
modify them later to suit your own tastes. The rest of the default values
for the UserForm should be fine for now.

Okay, let's set the UserForm up. There will only be two controls on the
UserForm... a TextBox and a ListBox.

First, the TextBox. Give the UserForm focus (to make the Toolbox visible)
and click on the TextBox icon in the Toolbox (it is the lower case letters
"ab" followed by a vertical line) and then click/drag on the UserForm to
place it. You can use the resize handles to make the TextBox whatever size
you want and you can click/drag it to any position you want, but we will use
the Properties window to set them to exact values. There are only seven
properties I want you to set initially. In the Properties window, find and
set the following values...

Height = 18
Left = 10
MultiLine = True
Top = 10
Width = 140
WordWrap = False

The seventh property is actually a dialog box for an object where you will
set 3 properties of the object. Click on the field to the right of the Font
property and you will see a little button with 3 dots in it... click that
button. On the dialog box that appears, set these properties....

Font = Arial
Font Style = Bold
Size = 10

Okay, that takes care of the TextBox. Next, let's add the ListBox. Click the
ListBox icon in the Toolbox (it is a rectangle with 3 horizontal lines on
the left and what are supposed to be up/down arrows on the right... if you
hover the mouse over the controls, a tooltip will appear with the control's
name... you are looking for ListBox) and then click/drag on the UserForm to
place it. Set the following properties for it in the Properties window...

Height = 165
Left = 10
Top = 38
Width = 140

Okay, that should take care of setting up the UserForm; now let's install
the code. Press F7 to bring up the code window for the UserForm (or simply
double click anywhere on the UserForm or one of its controls). Delete
anything you see in the code window that appears and copy/paste **all** of
the marked off code that follows my signature into this code window.

Okay, that takes care of the UserForm itself, now we just need a way to call
it up. Still in the VB editor, click Insert/Module from the menu bar.
Another code window will appear; copy/paste this into it...

Sub CallGoToSheetSelector()
End Sub

Okay, that is pretty much it... the UserForm is usable right now. From any
sheet in your workbook, press Alt+F8, select CallGoToSheetSelector from the
list and click Run (we can do this differently and I'll explain how in a
moment). The UserForm will be displayed showing all sheets in your workbook
in the ListBox and the cursor will be in the TextBox. Here is how the
UserForm works. Start to type in the name of a sheet in your workbook and
the ListBox will show only sheet names starting with that text. You can
continue to type until only one name is left in the ListBox (you might not
have to type the full sheet name to completion for this to happen) and then
press the Return key to go to that sheet. But you don't have to keep typing
until there is only one sheet name left in the ListBox... at any time, you
can press either the down or right arrow and you will find yourself in the
ListBox itself where you can continue to use the arrow keys to place the
highlight on the sheet name you want, then press Return to go to that sheet.
If you find yourself in the TextBox by mistake, just press the left arrow
key to put yourself back into the TextBox. You can edit the text in the
TextBox and the ListBox will display the sheet names corresponding to the
type in text. If you type text that is not the starting text of a sheet
name, the ListBox will not display anything (if you mistype a letter so this
occurs, just delete the mistyped letter and the ListBox will adjust
accordingly). Oh, and you can also just click an entry in the ListBox with
your mouse and that will take you to the clicked on sheet name.

Okay, now about alternate methods of activating the UserForm (besides always
using Alt+F8/Select/Run). Go to any worksheet and press Alt+F8, select
CallGoToSheetSelector from the list and then click the Options button. This
will bring up a dialog box which lets you assign a shortcut key to your
macro. Type a lower case "g" in the indicated field, then click OK and close
the dialog box. Now, from any sheet in your workbook, press Ctrl+g and your
UserForm will appear, ready to use.

I think that is everything. If you have any questions, feel free to post

' *************** START OF CODE ***************
Option Explicit

Dim SheetNames() As String

Private Sub UserForm_Initialize()
Dim Obj As Object
TextBox1.Text = ""
TextBox1.EnterKeyBehavior = True
ReDim SheetNames(0 To Sheets.Count - 1)
For Each Obj In Sheets
SheetNames(Obj.Index - 1) = Obj.Name
ListBox1.AddItem Obj.Name
End Sub

Private Sub ListBox1_KeyDown(ByVal KeyCode As MSForms.ReturnInteger, _
ByVal Shift As Integer)
With TextBox1
If KeyCode = vbKeyLeft Then
ListBox1.ListIndex = -1
.SelStart = Len(.Text)
ElseIf KeyCode = vbKeyReturn Then
If ListBox1.ListCount > 0 Then
Unload Me
End If
End If
End With
End Sub

Private Sub ListBox1_MouseUp(ByVal Button As Integer, _
ByVal Shift As Integer, _
ByVal X As Single, ByVal Y As Single)
Unload Me
End Sub

Private Sub TextBox1_Change()
Dim X As Long
Dim Pages() As String
Pages = Filter(SheetNames, TextBox1.Text, True, vbTextCompare)
If Len(TextBox1.Text) Then
If UBound(Pages) > -1 Then
With ListBox1
For X = 0 To UBound(Pages)
.AddItem Mid$(Pages(X), 1)
End With
End If
For X = 0 To UBound(SheetNames)
ListBox1.AddItem Mid$(SheetNames(X), 2)
End If
End Sub

Private Sub TextBox1_KeyDown(ByVal KeyCode As MSForms.ReturnInteger, _
ByVal Shift As Integer)
With ListBox1
If KeyCode = vbKeyReturn Then
KeyCode = 0
If .ListCount = 0 Then
Exit Sub
ElseIf .ListCount = 1 Then
Unload Me
.Selected(0) = True
.ListIndex = 0
End If
ElseIf (KeyCode = vbKeyDown Or (KeyCode = vbKeyRight And _
TextBox1.SelStart = Len(TextBox1.Text))) And _
.ListCount > 0 Then
.Selected(0) = True
.ListIndex = 0
End If
End With
End Sub
' *************** END OF CODE ***************

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