In Excel, the Data Validation is a useful feature for us, with it, we can prevent duplicate cells, allow the specific date to be entered, and so on. This article, I will talk about how to allow only the dates of the current year to be entered by using the Data Validation function in Excel worksheet.
To allow only the date of the current year to be typed into a column of the worksheet, please do the following steps:
1. Select a column of cells which you want to apply the data validation feature, and then click Data > Data Validation > Data Validation, see screenshot:
2. In the Data Validation dialog box, do the following operations:
(1.) Click Settings tab;
(2.) Select Custom option from the Allow drop-down list;
(3.) Enter this formula: =YEAR(A2)=YEAR(TODAY()) into the Formula text box.
3. And then click OK button, from now on, only the date of this year can be entered in the specified cells, if not, a warning prompt box will pop out to remind you, see screenshot: