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 How to apply multiple data validation in one cell in Excel worksheet?

In Excel worksheet, applying one data validation to a cell may be common for us, but, have you ever tried to use multiple data validation into one cell? This article, I will talk about some different examples for solving this task in Excel.

Apply multiple data validation in one cell (Example 1)

Apply multiple data validation in one cell (Example 2)

Apply multiple data validation in one cell (Example 3)


Apply multiple data validation in one cell (Example 1)


For example, I want to setup data validation to cells with these criteria: if a number entered, it must be less than 100, if text is entered, it must be in the list from D2 to D7 as following screenshot shown:

1. Select the cells that you want to apply multiple data validation, then click Data > Data Validation > Data Validation, see screenshot:

2. In the Data Validation dialog box, under the Settings tab, do the following operations:

(1.) Choose Custom from the Allow drop down list;

(2.) Enter this formula: =OR(A2<$C$2,COUNTIF($D$2:$D$7,A2)=1) into the Formula text box.

Note: In the above formula, A2 is the cell which you want to apply the data validation, C2 and D2:D7 are the criteria you need to apply the data validation based on.

3. Then click OK, from now on, only the values which matching the criteria can be entered into the cells, if not, a warning prompt box will pop out to remind you, see screenshot:


Apply multiple data validation in one cell (Example 2)

In this example, I will only allow the text “Kutools for Excel” or the date between 12/1/2017 and 12/31/2017 can be entered into the specific cells as below screenshot shown. To solve this job, please do as this:

1. Go to the Data Validation dialog box, and in the dialog box, please do the following operations:

(1.) Click Settings tab;

(2.) Select Custom option from the Allow drop down list;

(3.) Type this formula: =OR(A2=$C$2,AND(A2>=DATE(2017,12,1), A2<=DATE(2017,12,31))) into the Formula text box.

Note: In the above formula, A2 is the cell which you want to apply the data validation, C2, 2017,12,1 and 2017,12,31 are the criteria you need to apply the data validation based on.

2. Then click OK button, now, only the values matching the criteria can be allowed to type in, others will be restricted as following screenshot shown:


Apply multiple data validation in one cell (Example 3)

The third example, I want the text string must be started with “KTE” or “www”, and if it starts with “KTE”, only 6 characters can be allowed; if it starts with “www”, only 10 characters can be allowed, see screenshot:

The following formula in the Data Validation can help you to deal with it.

1. Go to the Data Validation dialog box, in the dialog, please do the following operations:

(1.) Click Settings tab;

(2.) Select Custom option from the Allow drop down list;

(3.) Type this formula: =OR(AND(LEFT(A2,3)="KTE",LEN(A2)=6),AND(LEFT(A2,3)="www",LEN(A2)=10)) into the Formula text box.

Note: In the above formula, A2 is the cell which you want to apply the data validation, and you can change the criteria in the formula to your own.

2. Then click OK button, and now, only the text values which matching the criteria you specified are allowed to be entered, see screenshot:

Note: May be there are other different data validation criteria needed to be applied, you can create your own formulas for different criteria as you want.


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    Iras · 10 days ago
    Is it possible to apply data validation on the calcuated column attribute?
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    jeffe · 4 months ago
    i'm looking for the ability to have a data validation which allows the user to select multiple choices. I.e. the list pops up and user can select Apple, grape, and/or banana. If they select all three, it shows in cell as: "apple, grade, banana". if only 1: "grape" etc... any ideas?