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Is there a way to auto check data in a column in Excel 2007

Each week I am given an Excel spreadsheet from another department. The number of rows vary from 100 to 300 or so, but the columns (A-AN) never change.

The data in Column L can only have one of 3 options in it: 361111759, 361111223, or anything starting with DDY (example DDY123478).

Is there an easy way to create a "check" to make sure one of those 3 are in Column L?

I know I can go to the Toolbar | Sort & Filter | Filter and glance at the list and do the check from there, but am wondering if there is a quicker, slicker way to do it?

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kgerbChief EngineerCommented:
Hello Megan,
I think this macro will do what you want.  if you need help implementing let me know.

Sub CheckStuff()
Dim r As Range
Dim s1 As String, s2 As String
s1 = "One of the three exists"
s2 = "None of the three exsts"
Set r = Range("L:L").Find(361111759, LookIn:=xlValues, lookat:=xlWhole)
Set r = Range("L:L").Find(361111223, LookIn:=xlValues, lookat:=xlWhole)
Set r = Range("L:L").Find("DDY123478", LookIn:=xlValues, lookat:=xlWhole)
If Not r Is Nothing Then MsgBox s1, vbInformation + vbOKOnly, "Info" Else MsgBox s2, vbInformation + vbOKOnly, "Info"
End Sub

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kgerbChief EngineerCommented:
If you're looking for formulas these will do the trick.  You could combine them all into one long nested function if you wanted.

=IF(ISNA(MATCH(361111759,L:L,0)),"Does not exist", "Exists")
=IF(ISNA(MATCH(361111223,L:L,0)),"Does not exist", "Exists")
=IF(ISNA(MATCH("DDY123478",L:L,0)),"Does not exist", "Exists")

Rob HensonIT & Database AssistantCommented:

Slightly different interpretation of your question from Kyle; I believe Kyle is giving suggestions to find if at least one of the options exists.

I believe you need to check that ALL entries are one of the 3 options and nothing else.

You can do this with a simple formula:


If all entries are the required values, the result will be zero. If not zero then you can use the AutoFilter option to put a dropdown on the top of the column and the dropdown will show all entries so you can then filter for the erroneous entries.

Alternatively, just use the AutoFilter function to show the used entries.

Rob H
wgraphicsAuthor Commented:
Holy cow you guys, so sorry for not responding. That entire project/question totally got sidetracked. My apologies!! If I ever get back to that project I will try what you have submitted for me. Meanwhile I split the points- Thanks!

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