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I've created a custom Function. I would like for there to be a Helper when a user is entering the Function arguments.

For example if I go into a cell and type in =VLOOKUP(

A popup with appear that shows...VLOOKUP(Lookup_Value,Table_Array,col_index_num,[range_lookup]).

Is it possible for me to build something like this in my Function?

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but both are really slow +20 mins to calculate and many times Excel crashes( 2007 32bit).

The workbook is really simple

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Dim i As Long
Dim lastRow As Long
Dim sht As worksheet

[Code] .....

As I read in previous posts, Formula1 cannot contain an actual formula, only names and lists of items. Since each of the cells will have a changing reference, thus the INDIRECT function would need to change to reflect this, The 'Secondary' name consists of the following:


Which of course does not work due to the error when using INDIRECT in the first place (though the Address() function appropriately finds the cell with the validation in it's appropriate address). I can think of other ways to do this, such as having validation lists change in with VBA on a SelectionChange or Change event, but that's a lot of code that is subject to change when the named ranges have changes to them (which is fairly frequent). Is there any way to get the .Validation.Add method to ignore errors in the name supplied to it.

For reference, my code is this:

Private Sub cmdRefreshValidation_Click()
'Re-enters validation parameters to all cells to allow selections
Dim i As Long
Dim lastRow As Long
Dim sht As Worksheet

[Code] .....

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Column F
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[Code] .........

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