How to add cell validation in VBScript

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in VBS. The library is a COM+ component that works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VBS

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 4: Run VBS code that adds cell validation to Excel sheet

Execute the following VBS code that exports an Excel file with two types of data validation defined: list and whole number.

' Tutorial 13
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in VBScript having
' multiple sheets. The second sheet contains a named range.
' The A1:A10 cell range contains data validators, drop down list
' and whole number validation.

' Constants declaration

WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Tutorial 13" & vbcrlf & "----------" & vbcrlf)

' Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files
Set workbook = CreateObject("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument")

' Create two sheets
workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2("First tab")
workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2("Second tab")

' Get the table of data for the second worksheet and populate the worksheet
Set xlsSecondTab = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1)
Set xlsSecondTable = xlsSecondTab.easy_getExcelTable()
xlsSecondTable.easy_getCell_2("A1").setValue("Range data 1")
xlsSecondTable.easy_getCell_2("A2").setValue("Range data 2")
xlsSecondTable.easy_getCell_2("A3").setValue("Range data 3")
xlsSecondTable.easy_getCell_2("A4").setValue("Range data 4")

' Create a named area range
xlsSecondTab.easy_addName_2 "Range", "=Second tab!$A$1:$A$4"

' Add data validation as drop down list type
Set xlsFirstTab = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0)
xlsFirstTab.easy_addDataValidator_3 "A1:A10", VALIDATE_LIST, OPERATOR_EQUAL_TO, "=Range", ""

' Add data validation as whole number type
xlsFirstTab.easy_addDataValidator_3 "B1:B10", VALIDATE_WHOLE_NUMBER, OPERATOR_BETWEEN, "=4", "=100"

' Export Excel file
WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial13 - cell validation in Excel.xlsx")
workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial13 - cell validation in Excel.xlsx")

' Confirm export of Excel file
Dim sError
sError = workbook.easy_getError()
If sError = "" Then
    WScript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "File successfully created.")
    WScript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "Error: " & sError)
End If

' Dispose memory

Wscript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "Press Enter to exit ...")

How to run VBScript tutorial
In order to run the tutorial create a file named Tutorial13.vbs containing previous code, open Command Prompt, change the directory to tutorial location using cd command and type:
>    cscript Tutorial13.vbs.

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel components:

Excel Library for VBScript
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for VBScript
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Component for VBScript

File formats:

Office 365
MS Excel 2021 - 2024
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 97 - 2003