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.NET Framework 4.5.2+
.NET Framework 4.5.2+
.NET Standard 2.0+

DataValidationCollection.Add(CellRange, DataValidationType, DataValidationOperator, ValueObject) Method

Creates a new data validation entry and adds it to the document's collection.

Namespace: DevExpress.Spreadsheet

Assembly: DevExpress.Spreadsheet.v20.1.Core.dll


DataValidation Add(
    CellRange range,
    DataValidationType validationType,
    DataValidationOperator validationOperator,
    ValueObject criteria
Function Add(
    range As CellRange,
    validationType As DataValidationType,
    validationOperator As DataValidationOperator,
    criteria As ValueObject
) As DataValidation


Name Type Description
range CellRange

A CellRange object that is the worksheet range to which the data validation rule is applied.

validationType DataValidationType

A DataValidationType enumeration member that specifies the validation type.

validationOperator DataValidationOperator

A DataValidationOperator enumeration member that specifies the operator used in a criteria expression.

criteria ValueObject

A ValueObject that is the value used in the criterion.


Type Description

A DataValidation object that specifies a validation rule for a worksheet range.


This method overload is used for validation types DataValidationType.Date, DataValidationType.Decimal, DataValidationType.TextLength, DataValidationType.Time and DataValidationType.WholeNumber.


An individual worksheet cell can have only one data validation rule associated with it. If subsequent Add method calls affect the same cell, only the data validation rule created in the last call is applied.



The maximum length of a list used to specify the DataValidationType.List validation type or a custom validation criteria is 255 characters. When a list or criteria exceeds this value, an InvalidOperationException is thrown.


A complete sample project is available at

Worksheet worksheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];
worksheet["C1"].NumberFormat = "mmm/d/yyyy h:mm";

// Restrict data entry to a whole number from 10 to 20.
worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["B1"], DataValidationType.WholeNumber, DataValidationOperator.Between, 10, 20);

// Restrict data entry to a number within limits.
DataValidation validation = worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["F4:F11"], DataValidationType.Decimal, DataValidationOperator.Between, 10, 40);

// Restrict data entry using criteria calculated by a worksheet formula.
worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["B4:B11"], DataValidationType.Custom, "=AND(ISNUMBER(B4),LEN(B4)=5)");

// Restrict data entry to 3 symbols.
worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["D4:D11"], DataValidationType.TextLength, DataValidationOperator.Equal, 3);

// Restrict data entry to values in a drop-down list specified in code. 
// Note that the list in code should always use comma to separate entries, 
// but the list in UI is displayed using culture-specific list separator.
worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["A4:A11"], DataValidationType.List, "PASS, FAIL");

// Restrict data entry to values in a drop-down list obtained from a worksheet.
worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["E4:E11"], DataValidationType.List, ValueObject.FromRange(worksheet["H4:H9"].GetRangeWithAbsoluteReference()));

// Restrict data entry to a time before the specified time.
worksheet.DataValidations.Add(worksheet["C1"], DataValidationType.Time, DataValidationOperator.LessThanOrEqual, DateTime.Now);

// Highlight data validation ranges.
worksheet["H4:H9"].FillColor = Color.LightGray;
int[] MyColorScheme = new int[] { 0xFFC4C4, 0xFFD9D9, 0xFFF6F6, 0xFFECEC, 0xE9D3D3, 0xFFDFC4, 0xFFDAE9};
for (int i = 0; i < worksheet.DataValidations.Count; i++){
    worksheet.DataValidations[i].Range.FillColor = Color.FromArgb(MyColorScheme[i]);
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