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High Impact Excel: Data Validation Edition

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Event Date: August 28, 2014, 2 pm ET

Excel spreadsheets are often akin to the American Wild West, where users can input anything they want into any worksheet cell. Excel's Data Validation feature allows you to restrict user inputs to selected choices, but there are many nuances to the feature that often trip users up. In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA covers Excel's Data Validation Feature from top to bottom so that you can spend less time policing user's inputs and more time building effective spreadsheets.

David will teach from Excel 2010, but will include instructions for Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013 were applicable. In addition to the one-hour presentation, David offers a one-hour "ask the expert" session where you can ask any questions you have about Excel, even if not specifically related to Data Validation.

Who Should Attend:

Practitioners seeking to improve the integrity and ease of use of spreadsheets.

Topics Covered:

  • Use the Table feature (List feature in Excel 2003) to have supporting formulas automatically update themselves when your database query results change.
  • Create an in-cell list by way of Excel's Data Validation feature.
  • Limit the number of characters that a user can enter in a worksheet cell.
  • Specify a range of whole numbers that a user can enter in a worksheet cell.
  • Restrict users to entering dates within a given range, or before/after a given date.
  • Use Data Validation to block users from entering duplicate values.
  • Make it harder for users to circumvent data validation, and easily identify when they attempt to do so.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to implement Excel's Data Validation feature.
  • Future-proof spreadsheets by creating self-expanding lists.
  • Go beyond the basics by creating custom formulas that extend the Data Validation feature.
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David Ringstrom
Accounting Advisors, Inc.
David H. Ringstrom, CPA  is the owner of Accounting Advisors, Inc., an Atlanta-based spreadsheet consulting firm that he started in 1991. He teaches dozens of webinars each year and speaks at conferences on Excel, along with writing freelance articles about spreadsheets that appear internationally. Webinar attendees are often amazed by how much ground David can cover in a short period of time.
Program Levelintermediate
Field of StudySpecialized Knowledge and Apps
Advance Preparation Needednone
Delivery MethodGroup-Internet Based
Recommended CPE Credit1 credit per 50-minute session*
Registration Instructionsregister online
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Refund policy/Cancellation policyDue to this program being offered free of charge, there will be no refunds issued


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