Excel/Drop down menu


I have the latest version of excel and have a drop down menu put in place but to access it I have to click on the cell, then click on the arrow to bring up the menu. Is there a way to make it so that all I have to do is click on the cell and it will automatically show the menu? Thanks!

Can we define what you mean by "drop down menu" - is this data validation, or is it via a custom control - it makes a slight difference to the answer, though in essence both would require VBA to achieve what you want.

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=excel%20drop%20down%20list%20automatically%20open would give you some specifics about this, though that search can be narrowed by specifying the type of list - should you need further help with this I'm happy to provide it.
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


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