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How to Insert a Date Picker in Google Sheets

Google Sheets has a built-in interactive popup calendar that will allow a user to choose a date.

If you want this date picker calendar to show up in your spreadsheet, there are a few simple ways that we can get it to appear.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to insert a date picker in Google Sheets. This will allow the spreadsheet user to select the date from the popup calendar.

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How to Insert a Date Picker

I will show two different methods for getting a date picker calendar in your spreadsheet. The first method will be using Google Sheets default settings to get one to appear, in the second we will be creating one in a blank cell.

Create a Date Picker by Adding a Date

The easiest way to get a date picker calendar to appear in your spreadsheet is just to enter a date into a cell and double click that date. The date picker is set to appear whenever a user double clicks on a date, so you can just add any date to a cell and double click it:

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Date Picker in a Blank Cell

If you want a date picker to appear in a cell that is blank we can do that too.

Here is how this is done:

1. First select the cell where you want to create the date picker

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2. Then in the top menu select Data>Data validation

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3. Set the criteria to Date

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4. In the field that says “On invalid data” make sure it is set to Reject input

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5. Select Save on the bottom right corner of the data validation box

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6. Now when you double click on the blank cell from step 1, the date picker calender should popup

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Closing Thoughts

The date picker calendar is a very useful feature in Google Sheets that will automatically show up when you double click on a date entered into your spreadsheet, however as I have just shown, you can also create one in a blank cell by using data validation.

This is a pretty simple way to allow your users to select a date from the calender in your spreadsheet.

More Google Sheets Tutorials:
How to Insert Current Date
How to Use the ISDATE Function