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Limiting Entry of Names in Excel

When working with large data sets in Microsoft Excel, you may want to limit the number of characters that can be entered into a cell. This can be useful if you only want to allow a certain number of characters, or if you want to ensure that data is entered in a consistent format.

To limit the number of characters that can be entered into a cell, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cells that you want to limit.
  2. On the Data tab, in the Data Tools group, click Data Validation.
  3. In the Data Validation dialog box, on the Settings tab, do one or more of the following:
    • To allow only a certain number of characters, under Allow, click Text Length, and then enter the minimum and maximum number of characters that you want to allow.




When working with large data sets in Microsoft Excel, you may want to limit the number of characters that can be entered into a cell.
This can be useful if you only want to allow a certain number of characters, or if you want to ensure that data is entered in a consistent format.
  1. Select the cells that you want to limit.
  2. On the

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