How to Use an Option Button in Excel

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to insert Option Buttons (also known as Radio Buttons) in Excel. Option Buttons allow you to choose one option from a group. Here’s how to use them:

Insert Option Button

To insert Option Button to your worksheet you should go to the Ribbon. Click Developer > Insert > Form Controls > Option Button.

Next draw your Radio Button with your mouse. Click and drag on the worksheet to draw the option buttons. You can create as many option buttons as you need.

Edit name

To change the text on an Option Button, right-click, choose Edit Text, and make your changes.

Edit Text

Link with cell

To link Radio Button with cell right click and go to Format Control. Go to Control and write the address of the cell.

Cell Link

Cell linked

To link an option button to a cell in Excel, you can use the “CELL” function. The value in the cell will change when you select a different option button, allowing you to use the value in other parts of your worksheet.

Create a Survey

Using Option Buttons in Excel you can easily create your own survey in Excel. Here you have screenshot with example on survey in Excel.

Survey in Excel

These are Option Boxes in one Group Box. That’s perfect way to create survey in Excel.

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Just put some Option Boxes inside one Group Box. You can also copy/paste it to Word or Power Point.

Assign macros

To perform an action when an option button is selected, you can assign a macro to the option button. Right-click on the option button and select “Assign Macro”.

Create a chart

You can use Option Buttons to create dynamic charts. Modify your data based on Option Button selections to update the chart accordingly.

Now we can clearly see that there are 2 categories of products. A simple graph will look like this:

chart with options

Now we will start creating the options for the same. We created new columns which have the following formulas:


So based on value in cell j1 it can be product2 or Products A

For based on value in cell j1 it can be product3 or Products B

So now we have added a checkbox and linked it to the cell j1 and in the graph we have changed the series types including product1 and last 2 column products which can vary.

chart with option button enabled

Unchecking the option:

chart with option button unmarked

Advanced Techniques with Option Buttons and VBA

Utilizing VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) alongside Option Buttons can take your Excel projects to an advanced level of functionality and interactivity. Here’s how:

Dynamic Charts and Dashboards

Sub UpdateChart()
Dim SelectedMonth As String
SelectedMonth = ActiveSheet.Shapes("OptionButton1").OLEFormat.Object.Object.Value
' Assuming you have named ranges for your chart data
ActiveSheet.ChartObjects("YourChartName").Chart.SetSourceData Source:=Range(SelectedMonth)
End Sub

Data Filtering and Sorting

You can use Option Buttons to control data filtering or sorting. For instance, if you have a table of products and want to filter by category, create Option Buttons for each category. When a button is selected, a VBA macro can apply the filter accordingly.

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Sub ApplyFilter()
Dim SelectedCategory As String
SelectedCategory = ActiveSheet.Shapes("OptionButton1").OLEFormat.Object.Object.Value
ActiveSheet.ListObjects("YourTableName").Range.AutoFilter Field:=2, Criteria1:=SelectedCategory
End Sub

User Forms and Data Entry

Combine Option Buttons with user forms to create data entry interfaces. For example, if you’re building a survey, use Option Buttons in a user form to capture responses, and store the data in your Excel workbook using VBA.

Sub SubmitSurvey()
Dim Response As String
Response = ActiveSheet.Shapes("OptionButton1").OLEFormat.Object.Object.Value
' Write the response to a specific cell
ActiveSheet.Range("A1").Value = Response
End Sub

These advanced techniques showcase how combining Option Buttons with VBA can enhance your Excel workbooks, making them more interactive, error-resistant, and tailored to your specific needs.