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Excel 2013 Bible by John Walkenbach

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Chapter 41: Using UserForm Controls in a Worksheet

In This Chapter

Understanding why you may want to use controls on a worksheet

Using controls

Looking at the Controls Toolbox controls

Chapter 40 presents an introduction to UserForms. If you like the idea of using dialog box controls, but you don't like the idea of creating a custom dialog box, this chapter is for you. It explains how to enhance your worksheet with a variety of interactive controls, such as buttons, list boxes, and option buttons.

Why Use Controls on a Worksheet?

The main reason to use controls on a worksheet is to make it easier for the user to provide input. For example, if you create a model that uses one or more input cells, you can create controls to allow the user to select values for the input cells.

Adding controls to a worksheet requires much less effort than creating a dialog box. In addition, you may not have to create any macros because you can link a control to a worksheet cell. For example, if you insert a CheckBox control on a worksheet, you can link it to a particular cell. When the CheckBox is checked, the linked cell displays TRUE. When the CheckBox is not checked, the linked cell displays FALSE.

Figure 41.1 shows an example that uses three types of controls: a Checkbox, two sets of OptionButtons, and a ScrollBar. The user's selections are used to display a loan amortization schedule on another worksheet. The workbook is very interactive, but it uses no macros.

Figure 41.1

This worksheet uses ...

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