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For my hobby of model trains I want to prepare some graphics for a slider to control speed. But standard Excel sliders etc are very dull. I want to use some software that can do the sort of thing you see here:     See the slider in middle of the screen.

Thought about attaching a customized shape to the thumb, so it would move with the slider action, and then place a  customized shape again as a background. But I cannot find out how to attach to a thumb.

What is my best option, software to design a slider, most of them are very expensive, and/or attach shapes etc to thumb.

Hi again Charles,

Here is a link to that speed control in my DropBox:

Please let me know if this gives you any trouble.

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Damon Ostrander


I have extensive experience with VBA programming in Excel 5 through Excel 2013. As a former aerospace engineer with a large aerospace corporation and consultant in a small defense technology services company, I have developed a wide range of applications in VBA, including simulations involving mixed-language programming, satellite orbit mechanics, graphics and animation, and real-time applications. I am interested in moderate to hard VBA-related questions only.


I have developed and taught several courses in Excel VBA programming and also VBA programming in Office 97, 2000, and 2007. I have developed a number of large technical applications in Excel VBA for use within the aerospace industry.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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