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Data Entry Tricks

Data entry, while one of the most important spreadsheet tasks you do, is also often one of the most tedious. The tips in this tutorial are designed to take some of the drudgery out of doing data entry by helping you work more efficiently and, at the same time, more accurately.

These tips include

  • Taking advantage of Excel's ability to enter the same entry in multiple cells or cell ranges in one operation.
  • Constraining data entry to a preselected cell range. (This one applies only when you're creating a standard table of data and you know beforehand how many columns and rows it takes up.)
  • Doing simultaneous data entry in multiple worksheets of the same workbook by working in Group mode. (This one applies only to spreadsheets that use multiple worksheets, all of which share a common layout and data.)