Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Adding Pop-Up Documentation to a Cell.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 13, 2015)
Want a neat trick you can use to make your worksheets more helpful to users? How about adding a pop-up window that displays documentation whenever the cell is selected? To add such a feature, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Input Message tab of the Data Validation dialog box.
There are, obviously, other ways you can use the Data Validation feature of Excel to check and limit the data that is entered in a cell. However, if you follow the steps above, all data is still accepted and Excel displays a helpful message whenever the cell is selected.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6177) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Adding Pop-Up Documentation to a Cell.
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