How to Minimise Data Entry Mistakes in Excel

In: BlogDate: Sep 11, 2018By: Claire Lickman

Learn how to create a drop-down menu in Microsoft Excel, using the Data Validation tool in our two-minute video.

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How to Minimise Data Entry Mistakes in Excel

When you create a drop-down menu in a cell, it means that the user can only select one of the options from the menu – they are not able to enter their own data. This is a great way to save time during data entry, minimise the risk of typos and mistakes, as well as ensure that there is no invalid entries. It also makes it much easier to filter and analyse your data. In this two-minute video, Nicky explains how to create your own drop-down menu using Excel’s Data Validation tool.

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Claire is Head of Marketing at Happy. She has worked at Happy since 2016, and is responsible for Happy's marketing strategy, website, social media and more. Claire first heard about Happy in 2012 when she attended a mix of IT and personal development courses. These courses were life-changing and she has been a fan of Happy ever since. She has a personal blog at

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