Validating a date field

kenelder

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Feb 16, 2005
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I need Excel to validate that an entry in a date field is correct. Specifically, if someone includes the day of the week in an entry (e.g., Wed 02/16/05) I need Excel to display "You entered an incorrect date format. Enter the date as mm/dd/yy and do not include the day of the week."

Can anyone tell me how to do that?

Ken Elder
Oklahoma City
 

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Travis

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welcome to the board!

All dates include the day of the week, its just the format that specifies if the day displays or not. If you format the cell as 'mm/dd/yy' then it doesnt matter how they enter it, it will display they way you want.

You can use Data>>Validation from the menu to ensure that they enter a valid date and not a string. And you can add any error message you want on the second tab of that menu.

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