CP053: Excel Data Validation for Dummies

In the 53rd session of Chandoo.org podcast, let’s talk about data validation.


What is in this session?

In this podcast,

  • What is data validation
  • How Excel DV compares with database & software DV?
  • Types of data validation rules
  • List & custom rules explained
  • Input & error messages
  • Alternatives to data validation
  • Enhancing data validation
  • Removing data validation rules
  • Homework problem for you
  • Resources & show notes

Listen to this session

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Resources for this podcast

Dynamic data validations - exampleData validation introduction & examples:

Advanced validation examples:

Data validation in play – case studies:

Additional resources:

Data validation home work – your answer

Did you get the answer for homework? Please post your answers / explanations in the comments section.


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6 Responses to “CP053: Excel Data Validation for Dummies”

  1. Adam Tangen says:

    Data Validation Homework:
    Start time is in cell A1. End time is in cell B1.
    Set data validation on cell B1 with custom formula:
    Then set the Error Alert tab to a warning with the message "The shift is less than 8 hours or longer than 15 hours. Please validate entry."
    This will warn the user, but still allow the entry.
    Love the podcast 🙂

  2. Dhiraj says:

    Chandoo.. please post the transcript of the podcast as you do always.
    Thanks in advance

  3. Nice Article!!! Chandoo Thanks

  4. Hi Chando, Please post the PDF version as well for this Podcast!!

  5. sonitcell says:

    Data Validation Homework:
    Start time is in cell B8. End time is in cell C8.
    Set data validation on cell C8 with option between:
    Start Time: =B8
    End Time: =B8+8/24

  6. Jigar says:

    How Can we use data validation for list for only non black cell

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