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Selecting Multiple Options in Dependent Drop Down List Box using VBA

In our earlier blog we have already discussed how to create a dependent drop down list box in Excel and as well as in VBA when we are using the list box in VBA.

Now in this blog, we will discuss how to select multiple options from the dependent drop down list Box as it helps to send out the customised message or perform an action based on multiple selections made by users.

If you have not gone through the blog, then please click on below link to read it with download file for working.

Previous Blog: Create a Dependent Combobox in Excel and VBA

Hope you have the same file which we have used earlier.

Now let’s start steps by step to create a Dependent drop down list box.

We are creating a Dependent list box with multiple options (items). From the below user form we will select the 2 values (items), to get a custom message.

Dependent list box

picture 1

It is very easy to select the value, but to use the same value to send a message or call for an action is not very easy. For example, We want to show the value in the message box like “I like Apple and Guava

To do the same we are using a command button (OK) in the form. Now our form looks like this

Making a dependent list

picture 2

So if you write the below code like we use for selecting the value it will not work.

Code for dependent list


Now we have written the code and try to run the code. But we got only “I like” in the message box (It’s a problem).

making of dependent list

So now we have to change the code to get the selected value in the message box by these steps.

  1. Double Click on “OK” button.
  2. Paste the below code
  3. Run the Form
  4. Select values from the dependent drop down list
  5. Then Press OK button

Here is the code:

Code will like below image:

VBA code to make dependent list

(Picture 5)

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Now let’s run the code and then select the values from the dependent list and then press “OK” button.

Dependent list box

As we have selected “Apple” and “Guava” and we are getting the same value in the msg box. Now If we choose any values from the dependent list and then press the “OK” button, then it will only show the value which we will select.

We found one bug (problem) in this code. The bug is that if we don’t choose any value from the dependent list and press “OK” button then it will show the below message.

Dependent list box with bug

(Picture 7)

So we need to apply another data validation for multiple selections over here so that if we don’t select any value from the dependent list box because it will give us the message that we must select a value from the dependent list. We need to change the code.

Here is the revised code:

This time, our code looks like this:

Vba code to make dependent list without bug

(Picture 8)

Now if we don’t select any value then, this time, we will get a message that we need to select at least one value from the list box.

Snapshot of dependent list box with complete solution

(Picture 9)

We can also use another value also like this way. Just give the same name for all the boxes we have used in the form and then use the same code in the list box.

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About the author

Niladri Sekhar Biswas

Hi, I have 9 years of experience working in Microsoft Excel. I am also an Excel and VBA corporate trainer. Writing about Excel and sharing my knowledge is my passion. I hope you learn more about Excel from my articles.