26. Excel Tips - Data Validation - part 1

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Data Validation is extremely useful functionality and I use it in every system I write.

The primary aim is to guide people into entering correct data. If you allow people to type whatever they like into a field, you end up with all kind of gunk.

There are a few ways to use Data Validation... we'll discuss the way based on other cells.

Suppose you want to restrict the number entered in the following example to even numbers between 2 and 10
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Select the cell, In Excel 2003, go: Data=> Validation... In Excel 2007, Data => Data Validation and configure like so:
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Click on the cell next to “Number” and press ALT + DOWN ARROW... You will now see the list appear and you can use the UP and DOWN arrows to select the one you want.
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Sheet to practise with

Video Training on Data Validation: