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Excel VBA: Add Quick Access to Custom Lists. Add Custom List Access to Right Click Menu

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Quick Access to Excel Custom Lists. See Also: Adding a Command Button to the Excel Right Click Menu

Excel Custom Lists are a great way to quickly get a list of numbers or text onto a Worksheet. These are done via the Excel Fill Handle . Excel has built in Lists for Weekdays (Mon-Fri), Months (Jan-Dec) and numeric sequences. We are also able to add our own Custom Lists via Tools>Options - Custom Lists. However, once you have added a few of your own Custom Lists, it can be hard to remember the first item in the list that must be entered in a cell. This is necessary and then you can drag down via the Excel Fill Handle .

Code For Quick Access to Excel Custom Lists

The code below must be added to the Private Module of the Workbook Object (ThisWorkbook). To get there quickly, while in Excel proper right click on the Excel icon, top left next to File and choose View Code. It is in here the code immediately below must be placed.

Private Sub Workbook_SheetBeforeRightClick _

(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Range, Cancel As Boolean)

Dim cBut As CommandBarButton

Dim cControl As CommandBarControl

Dim lListCount As Long

Dim lCount As Long

Dim MyList

Dim strName As String

    On Error Resume Next

        With Application

            '' Uncomment below to reset back to default.

            ' .CommandBars("Cell").Reset

            For Each cControl In .CommandBars("Cell").Controls

                If cControl.Caption Like "*....*" Then cControl.Delete

            Next cControl

            lListCount = .CustomListCount

            For lCount = 1 To lListCount

                MyList = .GetCustomListContents(lCount)

                Set cBut = .CommandBars("Cell").Controls.Add(Temporary:=True)

                    With cBut

                        If UBound(MyList) = lListCount Then

                            .Caption = MyList(1) & "...." & MyList(UBound(MyList) - 1)


                            .Caption = MyList(1) & "...." & MyList(UBound(MyList))

                        End If

                            .Style = msoButtonCaption

                            .OnAction = "AddFirstList"

                    End With

            Next lCount

        End With

    On Error GoTo 0

End Sub

Then, add the code below to any standard public Module (Insert>Module)

Sub AddFirstList()

Dim strList As String

    strList = Application.CommandBars.ActionControl.Caption

    If Not strList Like "*...*" Then Exit Sub

    ActiveCell = Left(strList, InStr(1, strList, ".", vbTextCompare) - 1)

End Sub

Now, each time you right click on a cell you will see the first...last items in each Custom List. Then, when you click it, it places the first Custom List item into the active cell. Then you simply drag down via the Excel Fill Handle to get the rest of the list.

See Also: Adding a Command Button to the Excel Right Click Menu

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