How to Create a Spin Button in Microsoft Excel

Updated on December 7, 2019
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Joshua has work experience in manufacturing, distribution, and aerospace. He received his BBA in accounting from Kent State University.

Illustration of a Spin Button

An illustration of a spin button with a cursor.
An illustration of a spin button with a cursor.


With a spin button one can increase or decrease values in a cell with the click of a button. Spin buttons can speed up processes to help one avoid having to click in a cell then typing a number.

There is an unlimited amount of applications to use spin buttons for. You can use them to select age or dates in a form. There may be an area on your spreadsheet where you only want a value to change in increments of 5. Whether using the spin button to save time or as a control, it's a very useful function.

Spin Button Step 1: Add the Developer Tab

You will need the developer tab to add spin buttons to a worksheet. If you do not have the developer tab displayed in Excel and don't know how to add it learn how here.

It is crucial to adding the developer tab in Excel before adding a spinbutton.
It is crucial to adding the developer tab in Excel before adding a spinbutton.

Spin Button Step 2: Select the Spin Button

To select the spin button you must be in the developer tab. In the controls group, click insert. Next, click on the spin button (4th button from the left).

Spin Button Step 3: Inserting the Spin Button

After selecting the spin button option and your cursor turns into a cross you are ready to insert the button in your spreadsheet. The spin button can be added by dragging the cursor in the shape of a box. If you would like the spin button to retain the exact size of a cell press Alt + Left click when clicking a cell.

Spin Button Step 4: Edit Format Control

Without formatting a spin button it's merely just a button with no function. To add functionality to a spin button you must edit the Format Control. Right click on the spin button and select form control from the list.

Select a starting value, increment change value and which cell you want the spin button value to be located. Click the OK button then deselect the spin button by selecting any cell in the worksheet.

Now test the button by clicking the up and down arrows. Take note that the spin button can link to a stand alone value or a value that manipulates the operations in other cells if the cells are linked to the spin button algebraically.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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        3 months ago

        Josh - thanks for the nice tutorial showing each screen. I am using Excel with Office 365 and the "Control" tab under the "Format Control" does not show. Any ideas? Dan


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