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Data Validation Alert text linked to specific cell

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    Data Validation Alert text linked to specific cell

    I'm using Excel 2011 for Mac.

    In my spreadsheet, the value in cell A60 is a person's age (for eligibility of benefits) that changes depending on data entry in other cells. The number that may be entered into cell A27 must not be lower than the age in A60, whatever that might be. The restriction in A27 works fine, but I want the "Stop" message for A27 to read, "Age cannot be less than [retrieve the value in A60]". I can't figure out how to get the message to tell the data entry person the lowest age that can be entered into A27, other than "Age cannot be lower than the age in cell A60", which is pretty clumsy.

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    Re: Data Validation Alert text linked to specific cell

    Welcome to the Forum Otto Wirke!

    Data Validation does not support formulas/cell references in the messages. You would have to remove your data validation rule and use VBA. Something like this:
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