In March 2019 I demonstrated how to use some of Excel’s Form Controls.
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Learn how to build better spreadsheet interfaces using form controls like check boxes, scroll bars, option buttons and combo boxes.
Form controls can reduce the number of input errors; simplify and speed up input plus add structure to a file.
Discover the function that you need to use to get the most out of these controls.
Find out a few tips and tricks to make creating and using form controls easier.
As always there are a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.
Here is a technique that allows you to turn off and turn on the conditional format without actually removing the conditional format. You may want to do this to print a sheet without the conditional formats being applied.
When you create a checkbox you need to link it to a cell on a sheet to be able to use its result. The user could overwrite that linked cell with a value or text and affect formulas that are using the checkbox linked cell. You can add a validation to make sure the linked cell only contains TRUE or FALSE.
If you want to place graphic objects on your sheet eg logos and checkboxes, but not have them print out, you need to change their properties.
If you need to move or amend a lot of graphics at once Excel has a feature that can save you time and effort. It’s been around for a while, but it’s been hidden away in the latest few versions.
Excel is great with numbers but what about sentences? Check out this example of how you can create a paragraph builder. The user ticks boxes to select sentences to include in a paragraph.
Check boxes make selections easy. Excel has a number of useful controls that can be added to sheets to improve the user interface. These include check boxes (tick boxes), option buttons and spinner controls.