How to Create Data Validation List with Case Sensitive in Excel

With its many capabilities to improve data entry and analysis, Excel is a strong tool. Data validation is one such function that enables you to manage the kind and format of data submitted into cells. You can limit cell inputs to particular specified values by adding data validation lists, assuring accuracy and consistency in your Excel spreadsheets.

In this tutorial, we'll concentrate on making a data validation list in Excel that takes case sensitivity into account. The data validation feature in Excel typically treats text inputs as case-insensitive, so "apple," "Apple," and "APPLE" would all be regarded as the same item. To distinguish between situations where "apple" and "Apple" indicate different values, however, becomes important in specific circumstances.

In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create a case-sensitive data validation list that lets users choose values with particular casing constraints. By the time you finish this video, you will have the skills necessary to use this feature in your own Excel spreadsheets, assuring precise and reliable data entry. Let's get going!

Create Data Validation List with Case Sensitive

Here we can create the list using the default method. So let us see a simple process to know how you can create a data validation list that is case-sensitive in Excel.

Step 1

Consider any Excel sheet. First, click on an empty cell and click on Data Validation under Data.

Empty cell > Data > Data Validation.

Step 2

Then set Allow to List and enter the source as values you want to allow, separated by a comma, and click Ok.

List > Source > Ok.

Step 3

From now on, when you enter the text in the cell containing the validation list, if the case does not match, it will return an error.

This is how you can create a data validation list with case-sensitivity in Excel.


In this tutorial, we have used a simple example to demonstrate how you can create a data validation list with case-sensitive formatting in Excel to highlight a particular set of data.

Updated on: 12-Jul-2023


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