Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Resizing Checkboxes.

Resizing Checkboxes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 28, 2016)

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When working in VBA, one of the things you can create is known as a "user form." These forms provide you with the ability to essentially create your own dialog boxes. You can add many different types of controls to a user form, if desired. For instance, you can add labels, text boxes, drop-down lists, radio buttons, and many other controls. Some of the controls you can resize; others you cannot. One that you cannot resize is a checkbox. While you can modify the font size used for the label next to the checkbox, you cannot resize the checkbox itself.

If you find the checkboxes in your user forms too small for your taste, you can "work around" them by simulating a checkbox. You do this by actually creating a label instead of a checkbox. Then, change the properties of the label so that it has a transparent background, and that the font being used is Wingdings. You should also make sure that the font is set to a large size, such as 20 or 26 points.

Now, double-click on your label, which should open a code window. The event that you are programming is the Click event for the label, which means it will be executed whenever the label is clicked. Use this as your code:

Private Sub Label1_Click()
    If Label1.Caption = Chr(254) Then
        Label1.Caption = Chr(168)
    Else
        Label1.Caption = Chr(254)
    End If
End Sub

In the Wingding font, Chr(254) is box with a checkmark, and Chr(168) is a box with no checkmark. When you execute the user form and click on the label, it switches between an empty box and a checked box. You can also add other code to the Click event that performs other tasks, as necessary.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2282) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Resizing Checkboxes.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-09-30 16:59:49

Sam

Hello Allen, thanks for posting this fix. I don't know if you have time to help me but am not able to insert the Label in a cell. the only way that worked for me was creating a userfrom in VBA and inserting a lable then your code. But then when I "play" that userform it shows in my excel in a detached window like and no way to insert it in a particular cell or even fix its location.

Hope u can help

Sam


2014-11-26 04:35:10

RJ

Thanks for this tip!

I also have the same problem>> After creating a successful checkbox this way, is there a way to copy and paste the checkbox many times while copying the VB code while actually having it automatically adjusting the new label name?

Appreciate your help!


2014-08-23 11:45:10

shelley


Am I the only one who doesn't know what VBA is?


2014-08-22 11:19:36

Leigh

This works great but I have a workbook with about 300 checkboxes and several are added and deleted every week. The people responsible for maintaining the workbook can't be counted on to add these properly so I would have to spend several hours a week "fixing" what they broke.
Is there a less cumbersome (ie: idiot proof) method?


2014-08-21 11:22:30

Jolene

I am having the same issue as Rami. I need to copy this a bunch of times. is there a way to easily have it copy and update? Also I had it working then went to copy it once and when I take excel off of design mode I can no longer click the cell that I have added the Label to?? any ideas.

I have tried deleteing the label and creating a new one but same thing happened?


2014-02-10 19:57:20

Denise

Thank you so much, I was tearing out my hair on this. Won't hear any more nagging about tiny checkboxes on certain forms--they are gigantic now. I love a creative solution.


2014-01-08 18:07:22

Rami

Thanks! this was indeed very helpful.

Quick question: After creating a successful checkbox this way, is there a way to copy and paste the checkbox many times while copying the VB code while actually having it automatically adjusting the new label name?

I basically don't have to change those 4 lines of code 500 times adjusting them for label1, label2, label3, etc..

Thanks!


2013-11-24 11:41:19

Scooter

Wow! I have been looking for a way to do this for over a year and just found this on your website. This worked great! Thank You!!!


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