Simple ways to excel Data Validation… Let’s Push it to the Limit and Beyond

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The Magic of Data Validation


Dynamic Data Validation… is a Game changer in Excel, at the basic level it controls what a user can enter or cannot enter in a cell. It also makes data entry easier and ensures the integrity of your worksheet by avoiding typing errors when users can simply select an option from a drop list.

However, in more advanced scenario drop lists can make a regular worksheet look as a dynamic dashboard.

In this article, we explore the full potential of drop lists by creating basic drop lists, diminishing drop lists and then we create dependent drop lists with 6 levels of dependency. We will learn about the extreme power of combining Drop lists with Dynamic arrays and touch the limit of what Data Validation can do.

I delivered this topic at the Global Excel Summit on July 22nd. 2020 at 6:00 PM (GMT-5 Eastern Standard Time US & Canada)

You can download the exercise File and follow along by clicking on the Green button

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You can also read my step by step guide about data validation that maps to this tutorial, it’s a reference book for you to keep and is also available for you to download by clicking on the Orange button.

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