# Help with Excel and Data Input

#### beardn2

##### New Member
Hi. I'm looking for either leads to the literature, or some help in crafting what I need. I'm a teacher, and have used google forms, and office 365 forms for data collecting. They're a bit clunky, but can work, and can provide enough data to collect data, populate pivot tables, and build dashboards. However, to make it more palatable for others, and easier overall, I need to reduce redundancies. To make a record, teachers need to select variables like teacher, grade, class, student, age, gender, activity, score, etc, etc. I'd like to reduce that to 2 input values (activity and score).

I'm basically trying to create a work around for a relational database. Either way, Excel or Access, is it possible to create a button that will input a string with most of the data necessary for a record? Can the buttons know to continue the table and input subsequently over time? Can multiple people input to one sheet from their set of buttons on a different sheet?

The point is to streamline data entry, so that it's an easy part of instruction that can be done while conferring/meeting/teaching, and not an added hassle that takes time away from teaching and learning. Plus, with the added information from the input string, data analysis can be viewed against a bunch of important variables, and it's done automatically given that the dashboards are created.

Help with this is greatly appreciated!

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