This post explains that how to limit calculated cell using Data Validation in excel. You can use the Data Validation function to limit what a user can type in a cell. And you can also use the data validation to limit user to whole number, dates, a list of selections or a specific range of values.
For example, there is a cell D1 that has the formula =SUM(B1:B3), if the sum of B1:B3 is greater than 20, then you want excel to pop up a warning message dialog and stop entering value in the range B1:B3. How to do this? You can use the Data Validation to set the criteria to limit this calculated cell using the formula =SUM($B$1:$B$3)<=20 in the Data Validation dialog box.
Using Data Validation to Limit Calculated Cell
To Use Data Validation to limit Data Entry in calculated cell, you can follow these steps:
#1 select the calculated cells that you want to limit.
#2 go to DATA tab, click Data Validation command under Data Tools group, then select Data Validation… menu from the drop down menu list. The Data Validation dialog will appear.
#3 select Custom from the drop-down list box of Allow, then type the formula =SUM($B$1:$B$3)<=20 into the Formula text box. Click OK.
#4 switch to Error Alert tab in the Data Validation dialog box, select stop style from the drop-down list of style. Then you can enter the error warning message in the text box of Error message. Click OK.
#5 if the sum of the range B1:B3 is greater than 20, the warning dialog will pop-up.
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