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How to add blank as first one option in Excel data validation list?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-05-26

Sometimes, we need to display blank in the data validation cell by default as below screenshot shown. But in generally, the blanks cannot be shown in data validation just because of an option. Here, this article, will talk on adding blank as the first choice in data validation list in Excel.
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Add blank as first one option in Data Validation list


Add blank as first one option in Data Validation list

To handle this job, you just need four steps:

1. Add a blank cell above the data list you want to use to create a data validation list.
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2. Select a cell or cells which you will add the data validation list at, and click Data > Data Validation > Data Validation.
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3. In the Data Validation dialog, select List from the Allow drop-down list, select the list including the blank cell you want to create data validation list based on and uncheck the Ignore blank option.
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4. Click OK. Now you will see the first option in the data validation list is blank.
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