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Setting a Length Limit on Cells in Excel

There are a few ways to set a length limit on cells in Excel. One way is to use the Data Validation feature. Data Validation allows you to specify a certain type of data that can be entered into a cell, and you can also specify the minimum and maximum number of characters that can be entered. To use Data Validation, select the cell or range of cells you want to limit, then go to the Data tab on the ribbon and click Data Validation. In the Data Validation dialog box, select the Settings tab and then choose Custom from the Allow dropdown list. In the Formula box, enter the following formula:

=LEN(A1)<=10

This formula will allow a maximum of 10 characters to be entered into the cell. You can change the 10 to whatever number you want. If you want to allow a minimum number of characters, you can use a similar formula:

=LEN(A1)>=5

This formula will allow a minimum of 5 characters to be entered into the cell. You can change the 5 to whatever number you want.

Another way to set a length limit on cells in Excel is to use the Input Mask feature. Input Masks allow you to specify a certain format for data that will be entered into a cell. For example, if you want someone to enter a phone number into a cell, you can use an input mask that will automatically insert dashes after the first 3 digits and after the next 3 digits:

(999) 999 - 9999

To use an input mask, select the cell or range of cells you want to limit, then go to the Data tab on the ribbon and click Data Validation. In the Data Validation dialog box, select the Settings tab and then choose Custom from the Allow dropdown list. In the Formula box, enter the following formula:

[<=99999999999]@

This formula will allow up to 11 digits to be entered into the cell. You can change the 11 to whatever number you want.

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