Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Handling Validation for Proper Latitude.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 24, 2019)
Iswar has two cells in which users enter degrees and minutes, which represent latitude. The values can necessarily vary from 0 degrees and 0 minutes to 90 degrees and 0 minutes. He wants to use data validation to check and limit what can be entered in the two cells. For the degrees Iswar can validate that the value is between 0 and 90. The problem is with the minutes cell, which can vary from 0 to 59 unless the degrees cell is 90, then the only acceptable value is 0 minutes. Iswar wonders how he can create the validation for the minutes cell to take this into account.
Assuming that you enter degrees into cell A1, you could set up validation for the degrees in this manner:
Figure 1. The Settings tab of the Data Validation dialog box.
Now, assuming that you enter minutes into cell B1, you could set up validation for the minutes in this manner:
The formula used for the Maximum value (step 6) sets a maximum for the cell based on whatever is entered into cell A1 (the degrees).
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8232) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Handling Validation for Proper Latitude.
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