Monday, July 3, 2023

How to Ensure Accurate Data Entry in Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel
Have you ever struggled with inaccurate date entries in your Excel spreadsheets? 

Do you want to ensure that the dates entered in your workbook fall within a specific range? 

Here's a Cool Tip: Use data validation to restrict date entries in Excel

Data validation is a powerful feature in Excel that allows you to control the type of data entered into a cell. 

With data validation, you can specify that a cell can only accept values that meet certain criteria, such as a date within a specific range.

Here's how to do it:
  • Select the cells where you want the data validation applied.
  • In the Ribbon, select Data > Data Validation.
  • In the Settings tab, set the Validation criteria.
  • Set the Allow to Date
Microsoft Excel Data Validation
fig. 1 - Microsoft Excel Data Validation
  • Set the date range you want to apply.
  • Now, if a user tries to enter a date outside of the specified range, an error message will appear.
  • This helps ensure that the dates entered in your workbook are accurate and fall within the desired range.
You can choose many different data validations such as whole number, time, decimal or make your own Custom validation. 

You can also set the error message to display.

So use Data Validation the next time you are creating a spreadsheet for data entry.


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