Data Validation in IF statement

CHSLax60

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If I have a field for SSNs, can I confirm that it contains exactly 9 characters? I can't use data validation becase the data could be pasted in. Can I count the number of characters in a cell? The goal is to tell the user that he/she input invalid data. Likewise, if they attempt to paste an "undesirable" character (ie., #, &, $, etc.) into a cell. Can I evaluate that as well?

Excel really needs to have a way to force validation on pasted data.:oops:
 

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An easy solution would be in the cell next where you want paste the data

=IF(LEN(B3)=9,"","Invalid data")
 
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Thanks, it's always the simplest things that you overlook. Now does anyone have something simple on identifing invalid characters so I can really feel like the weekend can't get here soon enough.
 
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Try (two methods):
Excel 2010
ABCDE
1, dfadsfad#, &, $,TRUETRUE
2fdadf&TRUETRUE&
3$faefa &TRUETRUE#
4fasdfadsfFALSEFALSE$

<colgroup><col style="width: 25pxpx"><col><col><col><col><col></colgroup><thead>
</thead><tbody>
</tbody>
Sheet1

Worksheet Formulas
CellFormula
B1=SUMPRODUCT(--(COUNTIF(A1,{"*#*","*&*","*$*"})))>0
C1=SUMPRODUCT(--(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($E$2:$E$4,A1))))>0

<thead>
</thead><tbody>
</tbody>

<tbody>
</tbody>
 
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