I would like to create a cell format for one cell to only allow the value "yes" or "no" for this cell.

How could I do this?

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Microsoft describes this here: Apply data validation to cells

  1. Click the cell you want to restrict value for

  2. Go to Data -> Validation. The Data Validation dialog box opens

  3. In the Allow dropdown select List

  4. In the Source text box enter Yes,No

    Note: This will also work for more than two possible options; simply separate additional desired options with a comma.

Now your cell will have a dropdown with Yes and No. The user can also type these values without clicking the dropdown button.

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    I think that you have a typo for the Source text value. It should be Yes;no - semicolon. With a comma at least with Excel 2016 I get Yes,No as a value. Jun 16, 2016 at 17:22
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    @Daniel Dimitrov - The comma works fine with Excel 2010, which is what I'm running, so it is not a typo. I cannot speak for Excel 2016 since that software didn't exist at the time this answer was written many years ago :). And semicolon does not work in Excel 2010, only comma works.
    – dcp
    Jun 16, 2016 at 18:42
  • @PeterLang the link is dead
    – Simon
    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:16
  • @Simon: Thanks, I removed my comment with the wrong link and added a working link to my answer.
    – Peter Lang
    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:36

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