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I have an Excel document that I need to modify. This thing was created by a "guru" and has been locked down from almost any form of modification.

I have the master-password to access the VBA modules and, I assume, that might be all that I need to make any changes to this document worksheets.

The first worksheet of this Excel file is a switch board. It has a series of buttons that launch various VBA forms that are used for data input. I need to modify the properties associated with one of these buttons, but I can't figure out how to view the Properties dialog. How can I display it?

FYI, I have attempted to right-clicked this button many times, but I can't get a context menu to show up. What can I do to modify this button?

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what type of button is it? A form button or an ActiveX? Have you got your Developer Tab opened? –  It's been a pleasure Aug 28 '13 at 9:06
@mehow: I'm not sure and no, I don't have a developer tab open. All I can say is that these buttons are on my first worksheet, they are not on a VBA form, and they located within cells but appear to "float" over worksheet. How do I open a developer tab/toolbar? –  RLH Aug 28 '13 at 10:22
Apologies for my ignorance, the background for this spreadsheet was that it was created by a non-developer person, for a job that needed a MUCH more robust application. I'm writing the needed application but in the interim my users absolutely need some minor changes to the original spreadsheet. I've never used excel at this level and I'm a bit clueless as to how to do whatever needs to be done to make changes on my "switchboard" worksheet. I can change VBA code and forms, but this one form has me baffled. –  RLH Aug 28 '13 at 10:26
it depends on the excel version, but try this way to open the Developer Tab. If that doesnt suit you just research it on google, it's really easy to find how. Once you have the Developer tab opened you will be able to go into the Design Mode and then you will be able to look at button properties. –  It's been a pleasure Aug 28 '13 at 10:28
Aha! I see now. Thank you. Feel free to post an answer. After cutting on the Developer tab, I see that all I have to do is put the Worksheet in "Design Mode", much like Access and queries. –  RLH Aug 28 '13 at 12:03

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Turn on the Developer Tab in Excel

Go into Design Mode

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Right-click any control and View Properties

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That did it. Thank you! –  RLH Aug 28 '13 at 12:23

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