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How to make drop down list allowing free text (manually entry) in Excel?

By default, for the cells with created data validation drop down lists, you are not allowed to enter texts beyond the list values. When entering words that do not include in the list, an error dialog box will pop up as the below screenshot shown. This tutorial is going to show you how to make drop down list allowing free text in Excel.

Make drop down list allowing free text in Excel
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Make drop down list allowing free text in Excel

Please do as follows to make drop down list allowing free text.

1. Select the cells which contain the drop down lists you have already created, and then click Data > Data Validation > Data Validation. See screenshot:

2. In the Data Validation dialog box, uncheck the Show error alert after invalid data is entered box under Error Alert tab, then click the OK button.

Then you can enter any text into drop down list cells as you need without getting an error alert.

Alternatively, you can keep the Show error alert after invalid data is entered box checked, choose Warning from the Style drop-down list and then click the OK button.

After that, when entering a value doesn't match the data validation restrictions defined for a cell, a Microsoft Excel warning dialog will pop up. Click Yes to continue.


Easily select multiple items from drop-down list in Excel:

Have you ever tried to select multiple items from a drop down list in Excel? Here the Multi-select Drop Down List utility of Kutools for Excel can help you easily select multiple items from the drop-down list in a range, current worksheet, current workbook or all workbooks. See below demo:
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Autocomplete when typing in Excel drop down list
If you have a data validation drop down list with large values, you need to scroll down in the list just for finding the proper one, or type the whole word into the list box directly. If there is method for allowing to auto complete when typing the first letter in the drop down list, everything will become easier. This tutorial provides the method to solve the problem.

Create drop down list from another workbook in Excel
It is quite easy to create a data validation drop down list among worksheets within a workbook. But if the list data you need for the data validation locates in another workbook, what would you do? In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a drop fown list from another workbook in Excel in details.

Create a searchable drop down list in Excel
For a drop down list with numerous values, finding a proper one is not an easy work. Previously we have introduced a method of auto completing drop down list when enter the first letter into the drop down box. Besides the autocomplete function, you can also make the drop down list searchable for enhancing the working efficiency in finding proper values in the drop down list. For making drop down list searchable, try the method in this tutorial.

Auto populate other cells when selecting values in Excel drop down list
Let’s say you have created a drop down list based on the values in cell range B8:B14. When you selecting any value in the drop down list, you want the corresponding values in cell range C8:C14 be automatically populated in a selected cell. For solving the problem, the methods in this tutorial will do you a favor.

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    PeterR · 3 years ago
    You can also keep the error alert checked, but change the style from "Stop" into "Warning" with a message.

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