How do I make a cell required to edit in Excell?

I created a template Accounting Sheet for my office to use but they 
constantly forget to fill in the date.  How can I make that field required to 
edit before saving?
Belinda (17)
11/4/2005 2:51:01 PM
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You could use conditional formatting to fill the other fields with 
black, unless the date cell has a value in it.

For example, if the date goes in cell D3:

Select the other cells where data should be entered
Choose Format>Conditional Formatting
 From the first dropdown, choose Formula Is
In the Formula box, type:  =$D$3=""
Click the Format button
On the Pattern tab, select the black colour
Click OK, click OK

Belinda wrote:
> I created a template Accounting Sheet for my office to use but they 
> constantly forget to fill in the date.  How can I make that field required to 
> edit before saving?

Debra Dalgleish
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11/4/2005 4:43:39 PM

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