How to Display Date Picker in a Google Sheets Cell

Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to display a date picker in a Google Sheets cell.

How to Display Date Picker in a Google Sheets Cell

The date picker is a handy tool that allows you to select a date from a calendar popup, and enter it into a cell in your Google Sheets spreadsheet.

This can be helpful if you have a cell that contains a date, but you want to make it more user-friendly by allowing your users to select the date from a calendar.

In this guide, we will show you how to display a date picker in a Google Sheets cell.

How to Insert a Date Picker in Google Sheets

Here’s how to insert a date picker in Google Sheets.

Step 1

First, select the range of cells where you want to display a date picker.

In this example, we’ll add a date picker to column A since it’s already designated to hold date values.

Step 2

Next, select the Data validation option under Data.

Step 3

Google Sheets will now show a Data validation dialog pop-up.

In the Criteria section, select Date in the first drop-down menu and is valid date in the second drop-down menu.

You also have the option to choose what happens when the user inputs invalid data.

Google Sheets can either show a warning in the form of a red triangle or reject the input entirely.

Step 4

Click on Save to apply these changes to the selected range.

Step 5

Double-clicking on cells in your range should now show a date picker.

The date picker will make it much easier for users to input dates without having to worry about the format.

Step 6

We can also add further data validation to our date columns.

For example, we can set a specific date range that the user is allowed to input.

Simply select between in the second drop-down list.

Write down the start and end dates of the date range in the provided text boxes.

Step 7

If the user tries to input a date outside the range, an error will indicate that the date is invalid.

If the user selects the Reject input option, the user will see a error dialog box similar to what is seen below.

The invalid date will not be accepted and the cell will remain empty until a valid date is typed.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to display a date picker in a Google Sheets cell.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.