# Excel formulas for conditional formatting based on another cell value

In this tutorial, we will continue exploring the fascinating world of Excel Conditional Formatting. If you do not feel very comfortable in this area, you may want to look through the previous article first to revive the basics - How to use conditional formatting in Excel.

Today are going to dwell on how to use Excel formulas to format individual cells and entire rows based on the values you specify or based on another cell's value. This is often considered advanced aerobatics of Excel conditional formatting and once mastered, it will help you push the formats in your spreadsheets far beyond their common uses.

## Excel formulas for conditional formatting based on cell value

Excel's pre-defined conditional formatting rules are mainly purposed to format cells based on their own values or the values you specify. I am talking about Data Bars, Color Scales, Icon Sets and other rules available to you on the Conditional Formatting button click.

If you want to apply conditional formatting based on another cell or format the entire row based on a single cell's value, then you will need to use Excel formulas. So, let's see how you can make a rule using a formula and after that I will provide a number of formula examples for different tasks.

### How to create a conditional formatting rule using a formula

To set up a conditional formatting rule based on a formula in Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2013 and Excel 2010, carry out these steps:

1. Select the cells you want to format. You can select one column, several columns or the entire table if you want to apply your conditional format to rows.

Tip. If you plan to add more data in the future and you want the conditional formatting rule to get applied to new entries automatically, you can either:

• Convert a range of cells to a table (Insert tab > Table). In this case, the conditional formatting will be automatically applied to all new rows.
• Select some empty rows below your data, say 100 blank rows.
2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Conditional formatting > New Rule…
3. In the New Formatting Rule window, select Use a formula to determine which cells to format.
4. Enter the formula in the corresponding box.
5. Click the Format… button to choose your custom format.
6. Switch between the Font, Border and Fill tabs and play with different options such as font style, pattern color and fill effects to set up the format that works best for you. If the standard palette does not suffice, click More colors… and choose any RGB or HSL color to your liking. When done, click the OK button.
7. Make sure the Preview section displays the format you want and if it does, click the OK button to save the rule. If you are not quite happy with the format preview, click the Format… button again and make the edits.
Tip. Whenever you need to edit a conditional formatting formula, press F2 and then move to the needed place within the formula using the arrow keys. If you try arrowing without pressing F2, a range will be inserted into the formula rather than just moving the insertion pointer. To add a certain cell reference to the formula, press F2 a second time and then click that cell.

## Excel conditional formatting formula examples

Now that you know how to create and apply Excel conditional formatting based on another cell, let's move on and see how to use various Excel formulas in practice:

### Formulas to compare values (numbers and text)

As you know Microsoft Excel provides a handful of ready-to-use rules to format cells with values greater than, less than or equal to the value you specify (Conditional Formatting >Highlight Cells Rules). However, these rules do not work if you want to conditionally format certain columns or entire rows based on a cell's value in another column. In this case, you use analogous formulas:

 Condition Formula example Equal to `=\$B2=10` Not equal to `=\$B2<>10` Greater than `=\$B2>10` Greater than or equal to `=\$B2>=10` Less than `=\$B2<10` Less than or equal to `=\$B2<=10` Between `=AND(\$B2>5, \$B2<10)`

The screenshot below shows an example of the Greater than formula that highlights product names in column A if the number of items in stock (column C) is greater than 0. Please pay attention that the formula applies to column A only (\$A\$2:\$A\$8). But if you select the whole table (in our case, \$A\$2:\$E\$8), this will highlight entire rows based on the value in column C.

In a similar fashion, you can create a conditional formatting rule to compare values of two cells. For example:

`=\$A2<\$B2` - format cells or rows if a value in column A is less than the corresponding value in column B.

`=\$A2=\$B2` - format cells or rows if values in columns A and B are the same.

`=\$A2<>\$B2` - format cells or rows if a value in column A is not the same as in column B.

As you can see in the screenshot below, these formulas work for text values as well as for numbers.

### AND and OR formulas

If you want to format your Excel table based on 2 or more conditions, then use either =AND or =OR function:

 Condition Formula Description If both conditions are met `=AND(\$B2<\$C2, \$C2<\$D2)` Formats cells if the value in column B is less than in column C, and if the value in column C is less than in column D. If one of the conditions is met `=OR(\$B2<\$C2, \$C2<\$D2)` Formats cells if the value in column B is less than in column C, or if the value in column C is less than in column D.

In the screenshot below, we use the formula `=AND(\$C2>0, \$D2="Worldwide")` to change the background color of rows if the number of items in stock (Column C) is greater than 0 and if the product ships worldwide (Column D). Please pay attention that the formula works with text values as well as with numbers.

Naturally, you can use two, three or more conditions in your =AND and =OR formulas.

These are the basic conditional formatting formulas you use in Excel. Now let's consider a bit more complex but far more interesting examples.

### Conditional formatting for empty and non-empty cells

I think everyone knows how to format empty and not empty cells in Excel - you simply create a new rule of the "Format only cells that contain" type and choose either Blanks or No Blanks.

But what if you want to format cells in a certain column if a corresponding cell in another column is empty or not empty? In this case, you will need to utilize Excel formulas again:

Formula for blanks: `=\$B2=""` - format selected cells / rows if a corresponding cell in Column B is blank.

Formula for non-blanks: `=\$B2<>""` - format selected cells / rows if a corresponding cell in Column B is not blank.

Note. The formulas above will work for cells that are "visually" empty or not empty. If you use some Excel function that returns an empty string, e.g. `=if(false,"OK", "")`, and you don't want such cells to be treated as blanks, use the following formulas instead `=isblank(A1)=true` or `=isblank(A1)=false` to format blank and non-blank cells, respectively.

And here is an example of how you can use the above formulas in practice. Suppose, you have a column (B) which is "Date of Sale" and another column (C) "Delivery". These 2 columns have a value only if a sale has been made and the item delivered. So, you want the entire row to turn orange when you've made a sale; and when an item is delivered, a corresponding row should turn green. To achieve this, you need to create 2 conditional formatting rules with the following formulas:

• Orange rows (a cell in column B is not empty): `=\$B2<>""`
• Green rows (cells in column B and column C are not empty): `=AND(\$B2<>"", \$C2<>"")`

One more thing for you to do is to move the second rule to the top and select the Stop if true check box next to this rule:

In this particular case, the "Stop if true" option is actually superfluous, and the rule will work with or without it. You may want to check this box just as an extra precaution, in case you add a few other rules in the future that may conflict with any of the existing ones.

### Excel formulas to work with text values

If you want to format a certain column(s) when another cell in the same row contains a certain word, you can use a formula discussed in one of the previous examples (like =\$D2="Worldwide"). However, this will only work for exact match.

For partial match, you will need to use either SEARCH (case insensitive) or FIND (case sensitive).

For example, to format selected cells or rows if a corresponding cell in column D contains the word "Worldwide", use the below formula. This formula will find all such cells, regardless of where the specified text is located in a cell, including "Ships Worldwide", "Worldwide, except for…", etc:

`=SEARCH("Worldwide", \$D2)>0`

If you'd like to shade selected cells or rows if the cell's content starts with the search text, use this one:

`=SEARCH("Worldwide", \$D2)>1`

### Excel formulas to highlight duplicates

If your task is to conditionally format cells with duplicate values, you can go with the pre-defined rule available under Conditional formatting > Highlight Cells Rules > Duplicate Values… The following article provides a detailed guidance on how to use this feature: How to automatically highlight duplicates in Excel.

However, in some cases the data looks better if you color selected columns or entire rows when a duplicate values occurs in another column. In this case, you will need to employ an Excel conditional formatting formula again, and this time we will be using the COUNTIF formula. As you know, this Excel function counts the number of cells within a specified range that meet a single criterion.

#### Highlight duplicates including 1st occurrences

`=COUNTIF(\$A\$2:\$A\$10,\$A2)>1` - this formula finds duplicate values in the specified range in Column A (A2:A10 in our case), including first occurrences.

If you choose to apply the rule to the entire table, the whole rows will get formatted, as you see in the screenshot below. I've decided to change a font color in this rule, just for a change : )

#### Highlight duplicates without 1st occurrences

To ignore the first occurrence and highlight only subsequent duplicate values, use this formula: `=COUNTIF(\$A\$2:\$A2,\$A2)>1`

#### Highlight consecutive duplicates in Excel

If you'd rather highlight only duplicates on consecutive rows, you can do this in the following way. This method works for any data types: numbers, text values and dates.

• Select the column where you want to highlight duplicates, without the column header.
• Create a conditional formatting rule(s) using these simple formulas:
Rule 1 (blue): `=\$A1=\$A2` - highlights the 2nd occurrence and all subsequent occurrences, if any.
Rule 2 (green): `=\$A2=\$A3` - highlights the 1st occurrence.

In the above formulas, A is the column you want to check for dupes, \$A1 is the column header, \$A2 is the first cell with data.

Important! For the formulas to work correctly, it is essential that Rule 1, which highlights the 2nd and all subsequent duplicate occurrences, should be the first rule in the list, especially if you are using two different colors.

#### Highlight duplicate rows

If you want apply the conditional format when duplicate values occur in two or more columns, you will need to add an extra column to your table in which you concatenate the values from the key columns using a simple formula like this one `=A2&B2`. After that you apply a rule using either variation of the COUNTIF formula for duplicates (with or without 1st occurrences). Naturally, you can hide an additional column after creating the rule.

Alternatively, you can use the COUNTIFS function that supports multiple criteria in a single formula. In this case, you won't need a helper column.

In this example, to highlight duplicate rows with 1st occurrences, create a rule with the following formula:
`=COUNTIFS(\$A\$2:\$A\$11, \$A2, \$B\$2:\$B\$11, \$B2)>1`

To highlight duplicate rows without 1st occurrences, use this formula:
`=COUNTIFS(\$A\$2:\$A2, \$A2, \$B\$2:\$B2, \$B2)>1`

#### Compare 2 columns for duplicates

One of the most frequent tasks in Excel is to check 2 columns for duplicate values - i.e. find and highlight values that exist in both columns. To do this, you will need to create an Excel conditional formatting rule for each column with a combination of `=ISERROR()` and `=MATCH()` functions:

For Column A: `=ISERROR(MATCH(A1,\$B\$1:\$B\$10000,0))=FALSE`

For Column B: `=ISERROR(MATCH(B1,\$A\$1:\$A\$10000,0))=FALSE`

Note. For such conditional formulas to work correctly, it's very important that you apply the rules to the entire columns, e.g. `=\$A:\$A` and `=\$B:\$B`.

You can see an example of practical usage in the following screenshot that highlights duplicates in Columns E and F.

As you can see, Excel conditional formatting formulas cope with dupes pretty well. However, for more complex cases, I would recommend using the Duplicate Remover add-in that is especially designed to find, highlight and remove duplicates in Excel, in one sheet or between two spreadsheets.

### Formulas to highlight values above or below average

When you work with several sets of numeric data, the AVERAGE() function may come in handy to format cells whose values are below or above the average in a column.

For example, you can use the formula `=\$E2<AVERAGE(\$E\$2:\$E\$8)` to conditionally format the rows where the sale numbers are below the average, as shown in the screenshot below. If you are looking for the opposite, i.e. to shade the products performing above the average, replace "<" with ">" in the formula: `=\$E2>AVERAGE(\$E\$2:\$E\$8)`.

### How to highlight the nearest value in Excel

If I have a set of numbers, is there a way I can use Excel conditional formatting to highlight the number in that set that is closest to zero? This is what one of our blog readers, Jessica, wanted to know. The question is very clear and straightforward, but the answer is a bit too long for the comments sections, that's why you see a solution here :)

#### Example 1. Find the nearest value, including exact match

In our example, we'll find and highlight the number that is closest to zero. If the data set contains one or more zeroes, all of them will be highlighted. If there is no 0, then the value closest to it, either positive or negative, will be highlighted.

First off, you need to enter the following formula to any empty cell in your worksheet, you will be able to hide that cell later, if needed. The formula finds the number in a given range that is closest to the number you specify and returns the absolute value of that number (absolute value is the number without its sign):

`=MIN(ABS(B2:D13-(0)))`

In the above formula, B2:D13 is your range of cells and 0 is the number for which you want to find the closest match. For example, if you are looking for a value closest to 5, the formula will change to: `=MIN(ABS(B2:D13-(5)))`

Note. This is an array formula, so you need to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead of a simple Enter stroke to complete it.

And now, you create a conditional formatting rule with the following formula, where B3 is the top-right cell in your range and \$C\$2 in the cell with the above array formula:

`=OR(B3=0-\$C\$2,B3=0+\$C\$2)`

Please pay attention to the use of absolute references in the address of the cell containing the array formula (\$C\$2), because this cell is constant. Also, you need to replace 0 with the number for which you want to highlight the closest match. For example, if we wanted to highlight the value nearest to 5, the formula would change to: `=OR(B3=5-\$C\$2,B3=5+\$C\$2)`

#### Example 2. Highlight a value closest to the given value, but NOT exact match

In case you do not want to highlight the exact match, you need a different array formula that will find the closest value but ignore the exact match.

For example, the following array formula finds the value closest to 0 in the specified range, but ignores zeroes, if any:

`=MIN(ABS(B3:C13-(0))+(10^0*(B3:C13=0)))`

Please remember to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter after you finished typing your array formula.

The conditional formatting formula is the same as in the above example:

`=OR(B3=0-\$C\$2,B3=0+\$C\$2)`

However, since our array formula in cell C2 ignores the exact match, the conditional formatting rule ignores zeroes too and highlights the value 0.003 that is the closest match.

If you want to find the value nearest to some other number in your Excel sheet, just replace "0" with the number you want both in the array and conditional formatting formulas.

I hope the conditional formatting formulas you have learned in this tutorial will help you make sense of whatever project you are working on. If you need more examples, please check out the following articles:

## Why isn't my Excel conditional formatting working correctly?

If your conditional formatting rule is not working as expected, though the formula is apparently correct, do not get upset! Most likely it is not because of some weird bug in Excel conditional formatting, rather due to a tiny mistake, not evident at the first sight. Please try out 6 simple troubleshooting steps below and I'm sure you will get your formula to work:

1. Use absolute & relative cell addresses correctly. It's very difficult to deduce a general rule that will work in 100 per cent of cases. But most often you would use an absolute column (with \$) and relative row (without \$) in your cell references, e.g. `=\$A1>1`.

Please keep in mind that the formulas `=A1=1`, `=\$A\$1=1` and `=A\$1=1` will produce different results. If you are not sure which one is correct in your case, you can try all : ) For more information, please see Relative and absolute cell references in Excel conditional formatting.

2. Verify the applied range. Check whether your conditional formatting rule applies to the correct range of cells. A rule of thumb is this - select all the cells / rows you want to format but do not include column headers.
3. Write the formula for the top-left cell. In conditional formatting rules, cell references are relative to the top-left most cell in the applied range. So, always write your conditional formatting formula for the 1st row with data.

For example, if your data starts in row 2, you put `=A\$2=10` to highlight cells with values equal to 10 in all the rows. A common mistake is to always use a reference to the first row (e.g. `=A\$1=10`). Please remember, you reference row 1 in the formula only if your table does not have headers and your data really starts in row 1. The most obvious indication of this case is when the rule is working, but formats values not in the rows it should.

4. Check the rule you created. Double-check the rule in the Conditional Formatting Rules Manager. Sometimes, for no reason at all, Microsoft Excel distorts the rule you have just created. So, if the rule is not working, go to Conditional Formatting > Manage Rules and check both the formula and the range it applies to. If you have copied the formula from the web or some other external source, make sure the straight quotes are used.
5. Adjust cell references when copying the rule. If you copy Excel conditional formatting using Format Painter, don't forget to adjust all cell references in the formula.
6. Split complex formulas into simple elements. If you use a complex Excel formula that includes several different functions, split it into simple elements and verify each function individually.

And finally, if you've tried all the steps but your conditional formatting rule is still not working correctly, drop me a line in comments and we will try to fathom it out together :)

In my next article we are going to look into the capabilities of Excel conditional formatting for dates. See you next week and thanks for reading!

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### 1,323 comments to "Excel formulas for conditional formatting based on another cell value"

1. Carter says:

I have a list of names in cells C5:C14. For each name there is data that goes till Column G. I want the name to turn Green indicating all the data is done for that name.

Example:

C5 says Jane Doe. I want C5 to turn green if D5:G5 all individually contain "Yes."

• Hello!
Use the conditional formatting formula:

=AND(C5="Jane Doe",SUM(--(D5:G5="Yes"))=4)

Hope this is what you need.

2. Julian says:

Hi there,

I have a spreadsheet with 2 columns which contain start dates, and each row is a different contract. Column A I've used a vlookup to pull the date from a different worksheet. Column B has just the date in the cell (ie no formula). I've changed the cell type to be 'short date' on both columns.

I would like to use conditional formatting to highlight when these dates are not the same as each other on each row.

I've tried using conditional formatting - new rule - formula : =\$A1=\$B1 but it highlights all of the cells, I think this is because it is comparing the formula in column A to the value in column B and saying it is different, even if the date value in column A and B are the same.

I also tried using a formula =IF(EXACT(A2,B2),"Match","Mismatch") but again it pulls everything as a mismatch, I think because it's reading the formula rather than the value.

Is it possible to use conditional formatting based on the cell value rather than cell formula?

Thank you very much in advance for any advice you can give

• Hello!
If you want to highlight cells where dates don't match, use the formula

=\$A1<>\$B1

Please note that dates do not include time as well. It doesn't matter what format they are in.

3. Keenan says:

Hello,

I am trying to highlight a row if a column (J) says finished. I used =\$J2=Finished and changed the formating to standard green. For some reason this doesn't work. Why?

4. Tanny says:

Hello,
I am hoping someone can help me ... I have been looking for hours on how to solve this issue but cannot find the answer. I have tried using the examples given but I still cannot get the conditional formatting to work.
My spreadsheet has column A with an issue date and column B with a contractual date. The contractual date is 35 days out in the future from the issue date. I want the contractual date cell to turn blue when the contractual date is (issue date +30) and stay blue until date 35 when I would like it to change to red.
eg. Issue date is Jan 1/22 (Column A) and the contractual date is Feb 4/22 (Column B). I would like Column B to turn blue on Jan 31st and stay blue until Feb 4th and then turn red from Feb 4th going forward. I hope that makes sense. I have tried what I think should work but it turns the cell red right away. Not sure what to do to get this spreadsheet looking like I want to. I am hoping you can give me direction. Thank you

• Hello!
Create two conditional formatting rules with the desired colors for these conditions

=((B1-A1) > 29)*((B1-A1) < 35)
=(B1-A1) > 34

5. Caco says:

Hello,

I'm trying to set 3 scale colors to highlight how much money from the budget has been spent until now.
I want cell K2 to change color (K2 is corresponding to the remaining balance).
I want it to be based on the percentage or percentile of cell D3 (D3 is corresponding to the total assigned amount of money for the year).
I want the color change to be divided into:
- Green, when remaining amount is between 100% - 66%
- Yellow, when remaining amount is between 65% - 33%
- Red, when remaining amount is between 32% - 0%

I do not find the correct way to add D3 as base reference amount cell.

C.

6. Andrei says:

Hello,

I am trying to format the cells of a column based on different words that the cells might contain.
The following rule works great:
Format only cells that contain>Specific text>Containing>="text1"

But if i try to add multiple text strings, then it does not highlight anything. I used the following condition:
=OR("text1";"text2).

Note that a cell can either contain "text1" or "text2" but not both.

• Hello!
You can create two rules. There is a separate rule for each word. For multiple conditions, also use a conditional formatting formula. For instance,

=OR(A1="text1",A1="text2")

Read the second paragraph in the article above.

7. Ashley C. says:

Hello,

Are you able to assist with a google sheets conditional formatting question?

If so: my spreadsheet has column B, which contains the driver names for the market I am working in, and column C, which contains the starting location numbers for each driver. I would like to apply formatting to column B to change the color for the driver based on the value in column C for that driver. I have tried several formulas and they aren't working for me. Some of the formulas I've tried are C2="5859" or \$C2="5859" or C\$2="5859". Applied to range B1:B1032.

8. Martin says:

Hello,

I'm trying to have a conditional format that hides certain cells if a specific word is in another cell, Now the rule works for 4 of the 5 words but the word Supervisor is doesn't like, However, If I use a drop-down list even fewer words will allow the format but if I then type the same word over the top of that dropdown list word it works. I am very confused.

The formula I am using is =\$C4="Supervisor" This would then block out C4 and U4, the word is then changed to Store Manager, Barista Etc.

Any ideas?

Many Thanks

Martin

• Hi!
I am not sure I fully understand what you mean. Conditional formatting cannot hide cells or change their content. Are you using a filter to hide some values? What is the dropdown used for? Explain your problem more precisely.

9. melissa says:

Question, I want to see if its possible to do something,

Im doing a mileage spreadsheet for my bussiness, I want to know if this is possible. If the driver wrote that its L ( loaded) I want to add those mileages at the end of the document, and if its E (empty) then add it in another box. like weekly he is typing the mileage and then it just add up the ones that are L in a box and the ones that says E in another.

• Hello,
As I understand your task, you must find the amount by condition. Use the SUMIF function for this.

10. Paul says:

Hi, compliments of the season to you, and thank you for your help in advance. My apologies if you've answered this elsewhere,

I have a reference cell with a number value that is the average ( =AVERAGE(X:Y) ) of the same cells I wish to apply conditional formatting to. The conditional formatting rules I am trying to apply to the cells are;

Format only cells with: Cell Value | less than | =reference cell

Format only cells with: Cell Value | greater than or equal to | =reference cell

The result I am trying to achieve is for cells with a value 'less than' the reference cell to fill with light green, and those 'greater than or equal to' fill with a light red. Some cells fill correctly, some don't. Those that don't fill correctly are the other (wrong) colour, or have no colour at all.

All cells (including the reference cell) are formatted as numbers with no decimal places. All numbers in the data cells are whole numbers. If I click on any of the data cells, the number displays in the formula bar correctly. If I check the rules for any of the cells that are filled incorrectly, both rules are correct. I would love to get this working properly as it will reveal some very interesting information.

Paul.

• Hi!
The information you provided is not enough to understand your case and give you any advice. I can’t guess what values you have painted incorrectly, what values are written in these cells and what exact formula is used.

11. Amanda says:

Hi, I have a workbook where I keep record of our orders. I want to put in a conditional format to check if column F & G is empty and make Column C Red Bold. I have tried the following formulas
=OR(ISBLANK(\$F2),ISBLANK(\$G2))
=OR(\$F2=0),\$G2=0))
=OR(if(\$F2=0,1),(\$G2=0,1))
I also used the and in front as well as changed the 0 to "", and I did your troubleshooting but the problem remain. Some calculate correctly i.e. if either cell F or G has information in it does not change the format, and some if both is empty it change the format. But for most of these it does not do the conditional formatting correctly. I have - for the empty cells - gone and select them and pressed delete as well to ensure there is nothing in the cells.

• Hello!
Unfortunately, I was unable to reproduce your error in my workbook. Try this formula:

=OR(\$F2="",\$G2="")

12. Christine says:

Hello, Hope you are all well. I need help in what formula to use in conditional formatting. I would like that a cell will display an N/A value if the word/text in another cell is Enrolled. I use the =IF(\$G6="Enrolled","N/A"). The formula works in a cell but if I apply it as a formula in the conditional formatting it does not work. Kindly help. Thank you very much.

• Hello!
Unfortunately, conditional formatting can change the format of a cell, but it cannot change the value in a cell. Your task can be accomplished with a VBA macro.

13. Vid says:

I want to highlight cells in a column that have repeated words in it. How do I do this?

• Hello!
To select cells with repeated words, you need to use a VBA macro. Sorry, I cannot help you.

14. GP says:

Hi I would like to:
Search every cell in column B for the string "supplier"
Where the string "supplier" is found, I want to format the corresponding cell in column K to be curreny and red text. Can someone help with this?
Thanks

• Hello!
Use the SEARCH function to find the desired word in the text. Conditional formatting formula:

=ISNUMBER(SEARCH("supplier",B1,1))

15. shailesh singh says:

Sir if the column A has name
A
shailesh singh
column b has name
B
shailesh

I want to search column B in column A and remove from A

SO column A should have only name as singh

Pls guide me

• Hello!
Please try the following formula in column C:

=SUBSTITUTE(A1,B1,"")

You can change the text in column A only with a VBA macro.

16. Anil Sen says:

Qns. I have an Excel sheet containing 2 columns of various number. I would like to change the first column cell format based on second column value in such way, if first column number second column number then cell fill with Green color and with other rows I would like to apply the same format. I have tried many times and many ways but I could not do. This condition is applied only one row. If I would like to apply it on other rows it takes the value of first row's second column value. How can I apply the whole formatting on other rows(Change the color based on their containing second column's value.) If anybody have the answer please share.

17. Jay says:

How do I highlight ONLY the single LOWEST number in a column? B3 to B20 has a value in each cell and if there are 2 or more numbers that match then nothing should be highlighted. I want to copy this formula to the next 17 columns beside the "B" column.

• Hi!
For column A, you can use a conditional formatting formula like this:

=(COUNTIF(\$A\$1:\$A\$100,MIN(\$A\$1:\$A\$100))=1)*(MIN(\$A\$1:\$A\$100)=A1)

18. CT says:

How can I conditionally format for if B = Yes, then A, B, C, and D should be green fill?

• Hi!
Your question is not clear. Clarify - are A, B, C, and D columns or individual cells in these columns?

• CT says:

Thank you. If column B is Yes or Y, then I would like Columns A, B, C, and D to green fill. If column B is No or N, I would like Columns A, B, C, and D to red fill.

• CT says:

Thank you so much for doing this.
I would like all the individual cells in those columns to turn green.

For instance B 2 is Y then I want A, B, C, D, 2 to be green, If B3 is N, I want A, B, C, D 3 to be red

• Hi!
You can read all the recommendations you need in the article above. For range A2:D2 use the formula =B2="Y".

19. katie says:

hi
i want D18 only to generate its specific formula if text is entered in B18?
if not, to leave D18 blank

any help would be apprieciated
thanks!

• Hi!
If I understood the problem correctly, you can use the IF function:

=IF(B18<>"",A1+B1,"")

20. Rob Sargent says:

I there a log of errors generated by custom formatting formula? The formula below is not working but I don't see any error messages.

The intent is that if the current row number is 4,7,10,13... and the value in the current cell is less than zero, the cell should have a red fill colour. There is a specific range applied and correctly shown (moving border) during editing of the format. I have tested the "indirect" technique in a single cell and that seem to work but the conditional formatting is not. Any help very much appreciated

• Hello!
The conditional formatting formula must contain cell references in the range to be formatted. For example, for the range D1:H1000, you can use the formula

=AND(MOD(ROW(D1),3)=1,D1<0)

This formula will be applied to every cell in the selected range.
Hope I understood your question correctly.

• Rob Sargent says:

Bingo. Thanks a ton.

21. KENO says:

Hello again Alexander!

How do I copy formula(s) and format(s) into another sheet without copy the data. Let's say I'm making a monthly income report for August and I want to make another sheet for September, I want to copy all formulas and the cell format and whatnot. Hope you answer my question.

22. Dulce says:

I would love some assistance if possible. I work at a retail shop [with our logo being red circles *wink*) and we're beginning to train and hire seasonal employees. Due to the situation with COVID-19 and local guidelines, we are asking all employees to remain at home if any of the following symptoms occur.

Due to this, we have had many sick calls and have been manually using excel to mark sick calls + coloring specific shift rotations in our training roster to note where we need coverage for specific rotations. I honestly don't have time each day to manually go through this each morning + mid-day so I would love if someone could help.

Our spreadsheet is starts with each trainee's name (or if they call out sick, I replace it with the word "Sick Call" for our HR Department to go through and follow up later with) and then I manually go through each rotation job for that persons shift.

For example, a trainee could be training for fulfillment so I could be rotating them around into different departments such as "Men's Apparel," "Women's Intimates," "Kids Apparel," "Sports Equipment". Some rotation jobs are longer than others however what I would love to happen is if I mark someone's name "Sick Call," for the spreadsheet to automatically or conditionally color their specific rotation jobs in a different color so that I know that I will need to put someone there. I don't want the entire row to be colored, only those specific rotation jobs if the person is a "sick call."

I haven't been able to figure out if this is a conditional format formula or if it's something else. Would love some help to save some time and my sanity.

23. LAURA says:

Hope you can help. Have a column of budgeted cost figures. Want the to add new columns monthly with the actual costs. If the actual cost, say C3, is greater than the budgeted cost, B3, I want the cell to be light red with dark red numbers and appear as a negative dollar amount. But if C3 is less than B3, I want that cell to be light green with dark green numbers and appear as a positive dollar value. I am using Microsoft Excel for Mac version 16.42.

Thank you so much!!!

24. Eddy says:

I have cell A1 with "yes" I want cell A2 to be red if Cell A1 is "yes" --- this I can do this no problem.

BUT I need the same for a few 100 rows, as soon as I drag all the rows only refer to A1.

How can I do it, without going into each formula of each row to change it as this will take forever, so that
A1 refers to A2
B1 refers to B2
C1 refers to C2
etc

Thanks
Ed.

• Eddy says:

Hi,

Thanks for the assist, I made a mistake in my post Sorry!

A1 refers to B1
A2 refers to B2 etc

I selected B1 to B100 as this is where the result must be and did the following;

In the "New Formatting Rule" dialog window that opens, choose the option "Use a formula to determine which cells to format" and enter the following formula in the "Format values where this formula is true" field: =\$A1="yes"

Thanks once again.
Ed

25. KENO says:

Hello! I want to know if its possible to put a specific series of number (let's say 276-203-707-000) on cell C, and when I input that number a specific word will appear on cell E?

Thanks!

• Hello!
This can be done using the IF function
For example,

=IF(C1="276-203-707-000","Hello","")

If this is not what you wanted, please describe the problem in more detail.

26. John T Y says:

I want to create an 'indicator cell' that changes background color based on conditions met by other cells elsewhere in the sheet. For example:- I want C4 to have red background if K12 is less than H5, and R2 is equal to zero. Is it possible? Please give instructions.

• Hello!
You can read all the instructions in the article above. Formula

=AND(K12

27. Meenhakkshi says:

Hi,
Thank you for this blog! Great it is!
I wanted to know for this situation
My column C contains a Value with Data validation and when i select the same, My column G should change according to the input in the Column C

• Hi!

28. Keith says:

How can i change color of one cell using a Value from a different cell? i'm really confused i was trying all sorts of formulas in conditional format but nothing worked out for me.

29. Angeo says:

Hi,
I am trying to get a Column of cells to indicate anytime a new entry has been made and for the color to be disabled once any user has seen the entries (new or updates) made? Can you help tell me the formula to use to set up this conditional formatting?

• Hello!
Unfortunately, Excel cannot determine the moment when the user just looked at the data.

30. MANIRAM says:

sir,

i have a small dought in excel i want to enter a number in one cell in that particular cell only that value divide by 10. is this possible.

31. Mahesh says:

Hai,

If i want to highlight the separate cell if last cell number is bigger than second last, second last bigger than third last, if third last is bigger than fourth last etc...

eg. 1 2 3 4 5 6 then highlight cell A20
5 4 3 6 4 5 then cell shouldn't highlight

32. Phil says:

I have a concatenation formula that comines two cells into one, the result of the concatenation I want to colour the cell depending on the value, i.e. if the cell equals 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 3A etc then colour the cell green, or if its 2B, 3B etc then colour the cell yellow.

I was using the formula within conditional formatting to say if cell value is equal to =OR("1A", "1B", "1C") but its not working...

Any help will be appreciated.

• Hello!

=OR(B1="1A",B1="1B")

33. Laiba says:

Hi! I am difficulty in solve price sheet
If price of any product is changed in later dates for same product it should highlight which formula i have to use?

34. Jolbyc says:

Great work, thanks for your effort. I think I will come back here more often.

35. rupesh rawool says:

Hii,
i want information to set conditional format. if B2<A2 THEN B2 get automatically and aslo apply for that entire row. if value B2=A2 then no changes. How to apply it for full Coloum ? pleaes help

• Hi,
Please check out this article to learn how to change the row color based on a cell's value.

36. Monika says:

Hi, maybe you can help me with
I have one row with the predefined conditional formatting scale colors (this row contains numbers)
A row above contains text, and I want it to have the same colors as the numbers row.
How I can do that without using VBA?
Regards,

• Hello!
I recommend creating another conditional formatting rule. Select the range to format, starting with the first line of text. For example, line 10 contains text, line 11 contains numbers. Select the \$10:\$17 row range.
Write down the conditional formatting formula, for example =\$E11>100. If E11 contains the number 150, then line 10 will be filled in, and so on.

• Monika says:

Thank you very much - one thing - the numbers in the number row, each is colored with different color - and I want the text line the same - if the number cell changes the color then the text cell above also changes the color :)

• Hello!
You create two conditional formatting rules. The first one already exists for a row with numbers. The second rule for the row above is in the way I suggested.

37. rik rik says:

Hi
I have conditional formatted data to "fill with a colour" :
"=\$D2>\$E2" for range "specify =\$E2:\$E2000
Formula — =\$D2>\$E2"
I need the E column to be filled if greater than the D column which worked for spreadsheet one however I applied the same conditional formatting formula to another Excel S/S with a larger data selection and Excel has filled extra cells that should not have been filled or correspond to the formula and were not greater than the formula cell.
What else is not working

• Hi,
If column E is greater than D, then you need to apply the conditional formatting formula
=\$E2>\$D2
This formula can only be applied to these columns.
Where did you apply it and what is S/S - I do not understand.

38. ron says:

I am trying to create a conditioning format formula that highlights a row when a due date reaches within 5 days of the current date. I am using excel 365.

39. RAHUL says:

HI SIR,

I AM TRYING TO DO CONDITIONAL FORMATTING FOR HIGHLIGHTING A ROW WHEN CELL VALUE (CELL 'L') EQUAL TO ZERO,I WANT TO APPLY IT TO ALL WORK SHEET HOW CAN I DO THAT

• Hello!
In your Excel spreadsheet, select the cells you want to format. If this is the entire worksheet, then select it entirely, and then create a formatting rule.

40. Darlene Pocs says:

I am trying to use formulas and conditional formatting to have a spreadsheet automatically populate names based off of another name in separate column.
For instance, If I am assigned a task and my name is in column B, I want column G to automatically populate my supervisor/manager's name. I have multiple personnel in this spreadsheet, but once I figure out the formula, I can change the names. I keep having to look up supervisors in a directory, so I would love if my spreadsheet did it automatically for repeat entries!
Oh, also, if multiple personnel have the same supervisor, I am assuming I can have it look up multiple names by separating with a comma and quotes around the names using OR?

• Hello!
If column N contains the names of employees, and column M contains their supervisors, then you can use this VLOOKUP formula in column G:

=VLOOKUP(\$B2, \$M\$2:\$N\$100, 2, FALSE)

I hope this will help, otherwise please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

41. Robin Yeager says:

I have a set of up to 12 5-digit random numbers in a column starting at B3.
For each random number, the 5 digits are entered in columns starting at B3, and the individual digits are entered into a row starting at C3. So for B3=13579, C3=1, E3=3, G3=5, I3=7 & K3=9.

When I enter a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 digit number into the row starting at C2, I want the conditional formatting to highlight a cell when a match is made. So for the example above, 13579, if I entered G2=5 & I2=7, I expect G3 & I3 to highlight.

I created the rule in C3 for the 1 (one) digit, =AND(\$C\$2=1,\$C3=\$C\$2), and used “copy” “paste special” “format” to copy the formatting down to the remaining 11 columns. The conditional formula works great for C3 & C4, but the copied format in C5-C14 is =AND(\$C\$2=1,\$C4=\$C\$2). The \$C4 never increments! But, the formatting rule indicates it applies to C3-C14.

I cannot figure out the correct way to "copy." All help would be appreciated. This is for playing Kakura so I need 100+ “tables” that I don’t want to write a conditional formula for each cell!!

I can send the spreadsheet if a visual would help.

Thanks

• Hello!
If you want to create conditional formatting for cells C3:C14, then first select this range, and then create formatting with the rule

=AND(\$C\$2=1,\$C3=\$C\$2)

No need to copy conditional formatting.

42. Chris says:

I have a calander which vlookups leave types from another tab. Although it inserts the whole leave name such as 'Recreational Leave'. I would like it to change the result to a shorter name and change colour. I have set up conditional formatting as follows:
Equal to "Recreational Leave"
Formatted the background to blue as well as in the number tab I have selected custom and written "REC".

The conditional formatting has changed the cell to blue but it hasn't changed the word to REC.

I have tried typing Recreational Leave into the cell to see if it the formula causing the error but it still doesn't change the word to REC. In another cell I have a drop down list (1-12) and have used conditional formatting to change the number from 1 to JAN, 2 to FEB etc by using the technique mentioned above and it worked fine.

• Hello!
With conditional formatting, you can show Jan instead of 1. To do this, you need to change the cell format. The cell will write 1, but it will show Jan. Conditional formatting does not change the value in the cell. Therefore, you can change the color, but you cannot replace 'Recreational Leave' with REC.

I HAVE A TABLE IN EXCELL I WILL FINDE CELLS WHIT COLOER FILL SPECIFIED AND VALUE ROW AND COLUMN HEDER THAT CELLS WRITE ON CELLS ONATHER WITH VBA CODE IS SOME ONE HELPE ME FOR

44. rik says:

Hi
I have conditional formatted data with "=\$D2>\$E2" for range "=\$E:\$E"
However excel has filled cells that do not correspond to the formulae?
What have I done wrong?
I need the E column to be filled if greater than the D column.

• Hello!
If you are formatting the entire column \$E:\$E, then the condition must start at the first cell. Use the formula

=\$D1>\$E1

Hope this is what you need.

• rik rik says:

Hi
The first cell is the title for the row which is why row 2 is used.

• Hi,
Then do not use the entire column =\$E:\$E in the link, but specify =\$E2:\$E2000
Formula — =\$D2>\$E2

• Rik says:

Hi Alexander
Thank you, changing the entire column to a specific range seems to have worked.
Is there a reason why this messed up the Conditional Formatting?

• Hello!
If you select the entire column E for conditional formatting, then the format is applied to all cells starting with E1. The formatting rule should be written on the first cell of this range. You formatted cell E1 with the data in cell E2. Cell E2 was formatted based on the value of E3. Etc.

• rik says:

I applied the same conditional formatting formula to another Excel S/S with a larger data selection and Excel has filled extra cells that should not have been as were not greater than the formula cell. What else is not working as I now have the correct formula to put on the conditional formatting but this yields incorrect results?

45. Branden Bidon says:

I'm going insane, when i insert conditional formatting based on the value of another cell the formula works in some cells and not others for no reason I'm not sure why.

=\$BE2BD2

• Hello!
It’ll help me understand it better and find a solution for you.

46. Kb says:

In my workbook I need to show that the date in column s is either equal to or 120 days before column c and if column s is more than 120 days before then I need it it to show up in red fill. It needs to start on the second row on in the spreadsheet. Can you help!

47. Tichaona says:

I have my specifications for a finished product where the top row has the minimum and the lower row the maximum.
Then I have actual values of each parameter that was observed on a daily basis when each batch was sampled and analysed.
Let me show an example below:

Date Product Parameter (%)
Moisture Protein
Specification Minimum 11.5 20
Maximum 12.5 24

02.12.2020 Broiler Starter 10 19
03.12.2020 Broiler starter 11.8 25
04.12.2020 Broiler Starter 12 20
04.12.2020 Broiler Starter 13 24.7

Please show me which formula I can use to highlight a red colour on an actual result that is below the minimum specification or above the maximum spec and green on a value that is greater or equal to the minimum or less or equal to the maximum specification.

Thank you.

48. Lesley says:

If A & B have no values: display as Red
If A & B both have values: display as Red
If A only has value: display as Green
If B only has value: display as Grey
Needed for a 3D component!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards

• Hello!
Use formulas for conditional formatting:

=AND(ISBLANK(A1),ISBLANK(B1))
=AND(NOT(ISBLANK(A1)),NOT(ISBLANK(B1)))
=AND(NOT(ISBLANK(A1)),ISBLANK(B1))
=AND(NOT(ISBLANK(A1)),ISBLANK(B1))

49. Khan, says:

above formula very help me to combined the formula with (if+ SUBSTITUTE)

below is the formula i have combined it

=IF(\$B\$15="WH","P1-"&SUBSTITUTE(C15,"-","",1),IF(\$B\$15="OY","OP-"&SUBSTITUTE(C15,"-","",1)))

thank you

50. khan says:

Dear Mr. Alexander
have a good day!
below is the table i have, there is five(5) Colom as below & two(2) rows.
actually i have two(2) warehouses- which name is (P1 & OP )
I have assigned the formula which you help me.
if you can see the below table i have Colom "A" name is storage("WH"& "OP") .
what i want in my sheet once i enter in Colom "A" in first (1) Row- WH, so Colom "D" should be show as P1-F171 & Colom "E" should disappeared & once i enter in Row(2) as OP so Colom "E" with OP-F172 Should show and Colom D should disappeared.

we need to combind the formola i hope...i think.. please support..

i hope you have understand my question

A B C D E
Storage Location Qty WH-1 Open Yard

WH F-171 62 P1-F171 --
OP F-172 62 --- OP-F172

regards,

• Hello!

=IF(A1="WH","P1-F171",IF(A1="OP","OP-F172","" ) )

51. N.Khan says:

Hello Dear,
can anyone help me below my query?
actually i have my one excel file i jus give below small example ,
i have to Colum A&B …
once i enter any value in Colum A (like mention in Below "A" ) then Colum "B" Should change automatically with some action value, like i have mention in below.?

Example :- If i enter "Colum A" (C-030) "Colum B" should be change "P1-C030" (without - after C)
A B
C-030 P1-C030
B-129 P1-B129

Thanks, Regards,
Khan

• Hello!

="P1-"&SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-","",1)

Replace "-" with nothing using the SUBSTITUTE function.

• Khan says:

Dear Alexander.
many thanks lot its working well.
i don't have words you to said...thanks you very much.
god bless..

br,
regards,

52. ali says:

Hello
I want in Google Sheets if the value of a cell is less than the value of the last 24 hours(I use to import data from a website on this cell and this cell is variable), the color of the target cell should be red, and inverse if it was more, the color of the target cell should be green.
I do not know what its computational formula is!

53. AYED says:

Hello to all
i have a table of data about the weather for my country citiesand each city in a sheet sorted by the date
and the last sheet i program it to be refresh and updated once i open the file and it contains all the cities (each city in one row)

now i need the formula which is easier 1-for EXample .... (D) is the date line so if the Date is the same between D10 in sheet 1 and D2 in the last sheet copy E1 from the last sheet to the sheet 1 in E10 .

2- check the date in sheet1 and date in the last sheet for rwo 2 if it is the same copy row 2 to sheet 1 in the last row or the first empty row which meen the last row.

• Hello!
Unfortunately, without seeing your data it is difficult to give you any advice. If you need to conditionally fill in the value of cell E10 on Sheet1, then you can use the formula

=IF(Sheet1!D10=Sheet100!D2,Sheet100!E1,"")

If you need to replace an existing value in E10 with a new value, you need to use a VBA macro.

Your second question is not completely clear to me. If you explain in more detail, I will try to help.

54. Ginette Chretien says:

I know there is a way to set up a code that will automatically add the color code in a column throughout my excel sheet. I just don't know how to do it. Can anyone help?

Example

Color Color Code
Grey TS21

• Hello!
Custom colors can be added using the Format Cells - More colors - Custom menu. This can be done in conditional formatting when creating a condition.

55. Pratik says:

I have two rows with benchmarks as below, wherein i need conditional formatting as Results for all categories that are 4% or more above in GREEN
results 4% or more below the applicable benchmarks are shaded yellow. I need to compare Row 2 with Row 1: for e.g.: 73% is 4% above benchmark of 69% and should be formatted in Green color.

Row1 : 73% 76% 63% 69% 87% 64%
Row2 : 69% 76% 71% 63% 83% 59%

• Hello!
I hope you have studied the recommendations in the tutorial above. It contains answers to your question.
Try the following conditional formatting formula:

=(A1-A2)>=4%

56. Pamela Hamilton says:

Hi there

I'm trying to set rules within a column, to highlight specific cells in that column if they are greater than, equal to or less than the figure in the cell next to it. Can you help?
Any help would be appreciated.

FYI - I am only a basic excel user - apologies.

• Hello!
Highlight the columns you want and use something like this conditional formatting formula:

=\$A1>\$B1

57. Stephen Gallagher says:

On sheet 1I have data in columns A1 to A80 , B1 to B80 and D1 to D80. When I enter a value into columns, not all of them, C1 to C80 I would like the entire row to appear on sheet 2, is this possible?

• Hello!
In cell A1 on sheet 2, enter the formula

=IF(Sheet1!C1<>"",Sheet1!A1,"")

Enter similar formulas in B1 and D1

58. Paul says:

Awesome!!!

Many thanks

59. Friday Jerry says:

Good day,
I must admit it is a gift to stumble on this article, but however my challenges was not addressed. I have a work sheet with just a single column. I need a formula that will highlight the row above the cell if the cell contains a specific text. For example if A2 contains "great" A1 should be highlighted. Thank you so much while i await your response.

• Hello!
See how you can quickly shade the entire row based on a numeric or text value of a single cell in this article.

60. Niru Poddar says:

I have two column A&B Column A have given some number Like,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
and Column B have given some number like,1,3,5 according to Column B highlight
the Column using the conditional Formulae.
I need you pls sir,

Thanks&Regards
Niru Kumar

• Hello!
I’m not sure I got you right since the description you provided is not entirely clear.
Explain the phrase "Column B have given some number like,1,3,5 according to Column B highlight".
Write an example of the source data and the result you want to get.

61. NutritionOfPower says:

The above formulas all return TRUE or FALSE, so they work perfectly as a trigger for conditional formatting.

62. Sharhonda says:

Can anyone help me?

IF(ISBLANK(S10),””,(H10*S10)+(V10*W10))?

The formula is in cell X10.

I’m getting the #Value! error in all my empty cells in the x column, as V10 & W10 values may not have any input sometimes. How can I fix this to reflect that??

• Hello!
You get the #Value error! if V10 & W10 contains text or space. If the cell is empty, there is no error. You can handle this error with the IFERROR function -

=IF(ISBLANK(S10),"",(H10*S10)+IFERROR((V10*W10),0))

• Sharhonda says:

Hello Alexander, thank you so much this worked like a charm. Out of 30 cells maybe 10 cells will require the formula using the v10*w10 calculations, so when I dragged the formula down it would give me that value error. Thank you sooooo very much!

63. Naveen Arora says:

I have aaplied conditional formatting to the following situation:
1. Column K has a percentage value derived by applying formula
=(DATEDIF(O3,TODAY(),"d")+1)/(DATEDIF(O3,P3,"d")+1) with data from other cells.
2. Column L is to be updated manually.
I want to change the colour of column L with reference to the percentage value in the cell being greater than, less than or equal to Column K. Conditional formatting works well in first and second data cell of column L but starts faltering thereafter.
I have tried the same logic in other columns and cells but in vain.
Thanks
Naveen Arora

• Hello!
What formula did you use for conditional formatting? What data is in column L?

64. Jason says:

Great info! Thank you for sharing!!

65. Jonathan Meyers says:

I am trying to format a group of cells to a specific color (ie 2 cells side by side with a first and last name) based on a third cells value ( ie Days) which represents what shift they are on.

Suggestions?

66. Bulent says:

When conditional format activated in A1, B1 turns on with Red background and yellow Text saying "OVER BUDGET"
is it possible without using macros a simple way? and it can be copied to the columns

67. Bulent says:

How to show a text in a cell that is adjacent to the one that is formatted?
Eg: I have a C.formatted cell in A1 that says, =A1>100 format red color. which it works. But I like to see the adjacent cell(B1) to turn RED bacground and yellow text saying "OVER BUDGET"
When conditional format activated in A1, B1 turns on with Red background and yellow Text.
is it possible without using macros a simple way? and it can be copied to the columns

68. Jonathan A. Del Rosario says:

Where column B2 is the Release Date and column B5 is the 1st Amort Date.
f the release date (B2) Range from 1 - 25 of the month the 1st Amort Date (B5) should be the 10th of the following Month,
then if the release date (B2) Range from 26 - 31 of the month the 1st Amort Date (B5) should be the 5th of the following Next Month.

Example: B2 - July 15, 2020
B5 - August 10, 2020

then
B2 - July 26, 2020
B5 - September 5, 2020

• Hello!
If I understand your task correctly, the following formula should work for you:

=IF(DAY(B2)<26,DATE(YEAR(B2),MONTH(B2)+1,10), DATE(YEAR(B2),MONTH(B2)+2,5))

69. Snehal says:

If range A2:A30 has 2 data validation, "selected, not selected". I want respective B Column to be N/A, if respective A column is "not selected", by using conditional formatting, is it possible?

• Hello!
Conditional formatting may not prevent a cell from being edited. You can use Data Validation tool. For example, for cell B2, you can write the rule

=A2="not selected"

After that you can copy this cell down along the column B.

70. ABHISHEK NALLAPANENI says:

Hello
I have 8 different sheets in one workbook.
Each sheet is named as " raw,process,issues,closed"
example: When a product number 72 has completed its production, we will paste the details in "closed" sheet
I would like to apply conditional formatting or find duplicates if
I entered the same number in coloumn A of sheet1 or sheet2 or sheet3, it should highlight with any color.

71. Paul says:

Hi Alexander! I'd like to show a red RAG status in a separate cell, based on the values quoted within five other cells, where none, or only one, of the five cells has a value of "4".

• Hello Paul!
You can also use the formula to conditionally format a cell:

=SUM(--(B1=4),--(B2=4),--(B3=4),--(B4=4),--(B5=4)) > 1

I hope this will help

72. Anandhakumar says:

Hi,

I need to help to highlight the values.
I have data set in Column B1 to B10. If I enter value in column A1, then excel should highlight to tell the entered value is between particular cells.
B1=449.25
B2=445.25
B3=438.29
B4=435.27
B5=427.28
B6=425.29
B7=420.3
B8=415.31
B9=410.29

If I enter the value in A1 as 417.25, the cells B7 & B8 should highlight. Please help on this.

• Hello!
Using conditional formatting, you can select all the cells in a column that are larger than some value. A second rule can be created for all cells that are smaller. For each rule, set its own color.

73. Gabi says:

Hello Svetlana,
I have the following question, I would like to create a formula in order to change the values in one of the columns (to be decreasing by 1) if the values in another column are increasing by one and if a different data is inserted to highlight it. For instance if in column A, that numbers start with 1 and increase progressively up to 30 in the other to start with 8654 and decrease with 1, tried with if and it partially worked out, still it does not register the deviations from the condition given. Thanks a lot :)

74. sara says:

I have 2 columns in my spreadsheet that are dates. Then, I have a third column (G) whose formula calculates the time between those two columns: =IFERROR(DATEDIF(E64,V64, "D"),DATEDIF(V64,E64, "D")). The condition i want applied If the dates from E is less than column V, then i want the column G cell to be RED. I would like the condition to apply all of column G, but its dependent on its own unique row's dates. Is there a way to get a condition to be dynamic like the drag down principle for equations?

• Hello Sara!
To apply conditional formatting to an entire row or column, review this guide. Hope I understood your problem correctly.

75. Kay says:

I want to conditionally format all cells in column A based on corresponding values in column B.
For example, format cell a1 if cell b1>10 or b110 or cell b2<-10, and so on.
I want to create one rule to format all cells in column A based on the above logic.

76. Jesse Mahan says:

I have an excel worksheet I have a formula: =IF(G22="Y","CORROSION",""). What I need to do is add to this formula I need it to show that: IF (G22="Y" AND H22="X", "CLEANED"). I have tried several different ways of writing it but all I get is an error. The first formula works I just want to expand on it, is that possible?

• Hello Jesse,

=IF(AND(G22="Y",H22="X"),"CLEANED","")

Hope this is what you need.

77. Pavan says:

Hi ,
I have number of series of numbers like 1,2,3,9,-1,-3,-10 in a row then drastical changes like 1, 9,-10 should be highlighted in my row how to do it

78. Doug says:

I am trying to copy a "Conditional Formatting" Cell. The line I am copying has the "Conditional Formatting" of "If N\$4\$>F\$4\$ then turn cell yellow". When I copy it to the next line it is "If N\$4\$>F\$5\$ then turn cell yellow". I want it to be "IF N\$5\$>F\$5\$ then turn the cell yellow". Is it possible to copy and get this result?

79. Khaled Ali says:

I need to copy the conditional formatting range as F2:AA2 to have at the below row the range as F3:AA3 and so on

80. Mark Richards says:

Hello anybody.....
I am trying to format a spreadsheet for a lot of people that I manage travel arrangements for, I need the cell to change colour on the date I input in to the cell (date of travel) and then change back to no colour 14 days from the inputted date...
For instance ...John travels to Albania so I enter 20/03/2020 in the cell and it turns red. After 14 days has passed I want that cell to revert back to clear again until the next time I enter a date for travel.
I have tried several formulas but it is frying my brain trying to get it to work.
I am handling every country in the world and over 300 people so any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

• Hello Mark!
Please first select the entire column you'll be filling with travel dates, then go to
Conditional Formatting- > New Rule -> Use a formula to determine which cells to format and put the following formula:
=TODAY()-\$A1<14

Thank will do the trick for you.

81. Alex says:

I can't use in cell conditional function AND. It doesn't work inside "tables". WHy?

82. Robert Barton says:

I have a column that each cell uses a formula to produce a value. I would like to apply conditional formatting to those cells based on the vale produced by that formula. Pretty simple really, =IF(A1+B1)>0.

But what I am finding is that even if the product of that formula is 0 it still conditionally highlights it because there is something in that cell, a formula. I know I have successfully done this a thousand times before however now it is just fighting with me. Is there a setting or something that I can change so that the conditional formatting 'looks' at the cell value rather then the enclosed formula?

• Hello Robert!
Please specify which conditional formatting type you are using exactly - Data Bats, Color Scales or something else? It'll help me understand the situation better and recommend you some solution. Thank you.

83. Ishey004 says:

Hi,
I have coded column starting from cell A3:A56 with one or more text for each cell from another column starting from the cell B6:B71. I have changed the background color for each of the cells with a distinctive color and the same text for each cell in the column B6:B71. I would like to match any of the cell in the column A3:A56 that contains the same text in column B6:B71 with its color. At the moment the cells from the column A3:A56 have no background color(white). What sort of conditional rule should I apply in column A3:A56 that can use the color of the cell that contains the same text from column B6:B71

• Unfortunately, it is technically impossible for Excel to use colors as formula components or conditions. This can be achived with the help of VBA only.

As a workaround, you may use the conditions you set for the conditional formatting as the conditions for your formula. That should work.

84. Moose says:

I want F2 to be formatted based on a check cell C2 and then H2 and I2. In basic terms, If "(F2(value) + H2(value) + I2(value)) = C2(value)" is true, cell should be formatted. If false format wouldn't apply and there is already a rule for if F2 and C2 aren't equal.

85. Glenn Barnes says:

Hi,
Found do I apply a conditional format for the difference between 2 numbers.
I want to Highlight if the difference is less than 10 or less than 5.
EG
A1 is 10 less than A2 show as red, if it is 5 less than show as green.

A1 100 A2 120
thanks,
Glenn

• Hello Glenn!
You'll need to set the conditional formatting rule for cell A1 with the following formula applied:
=\$A\$2 - \$A\$1<10
And choose red as a color to fill the cell with.

Then add one more rule to the same cell with another formula:
=\$A\$2 - \$A\$1<5
Green will be the color for this condition.

I hope this is exactly what you need.

86. Pablo Vazquez says:

Hello Svetlana Cheusheva!
There is a great example for your expertise on Conditional Formatting sorted data!
Hopefully its a simple overlooked solution for a large number of readers that can create more new traffic on your site with your response.

The formula for formatting is written for the top-left cell and works great through the range but as soon as the data is sorted A-Z or Z-A, the conditional formatting for the rest of the range acts irrationally. Formatting of the rows are changed to the incorrect condition.
(Sheet description is summarized below).
Is this an example of troubleshooting step #3 "Write the formula for the top-left cell."?
If so, how is formula conditional formatting achieved with data that will be frequently sorted?

Thank you
Pablo Vazquez

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Project names are listed on column A.
Corresponding dates of the projects are listed on columns B through D (Start date 1, Start date 2, and End Date 3).
Presentation dates of each project are listed on column F.
Rows are conditionally formatted based on the condition if a given date on Column F falls within which start date and end date from column B through D.

For example: If Project 1A (cell A1) with a presentation date of 1/31/2020 (cell F1) falls between Start date 1 (B1) and End date 1 (D1); therefore Row 1 highlighted green.
If Project 1A (cell A1) with a presentation date of 2/28/2020 (cell F1) falls between Start date 2 (C1) and End date 1 (D1); therefore Row 1 highlighted orange.

Once sorted A-Z by project names/numbers or start dates or presentation dates, the rows that are supposed to be highlighted green are either not highlighted or highlighted orange. Vice-versa with rows supposed to be highlighted green.

87. hammer says:

I'm making a March Madness pool sheet. I would like it to be fully automated, other than updating round by round winner & losers. I have a source sheet (Teams tab) with all teams in tournament in column B cells 4-67, and corresponding columns C, D, E, F, G, H cells 4-67 to assign round 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 results. I have a destination sheet (Participants tab) with all participants names, picks and final four teams. I have everything figured out except: How can I conditionally format Participants tab cells for final four picks to change format when that team loses, based on entry in one of the rounds columns for said team in Teams tab changes state?

88. Car says:

Hi,
I'm trying to highlight rows where the date is greater than 6 months and using this formula that I googled.
=\$G2<=EDATE(TODAY(),-6)
It works well and highlights the rows that I need it to, but then it is also highlighting the row if column G is blank. How do I stop it doing this?

I've tried adding the format cells that only contain Blank, but then the rest of the row is still highlighted.

Are you able to give me any suggestions?

89. thou says:

hi
i have excel calendar. column (A) have date and Column (B) days and colomn (C) notes. when change the month or year dates and days changes but in coloumn (C) entered notes still remain. pls help how i can clear that notes when i change the month or year. pls

90. Richard says:

I want to validate one sheet contains all the information exactly like the second sheet, and when they done the area is highlighted.

91. Alex says:

I need help setting conditional formatting in a column, where if any of the values equals to "A", "B" or "C" colour the cell green. I've tried the following that didn't work.
Cell Value/Formula = OR ("A","B", "C")
Cell Value/Formula = OR (\$G:\$G="A",\$G:\$G="B", \$G:\$G="C")

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hi
I have copy-pasted a data from another program to Excel. The cell value shows number only, but the format of this cell contains the category of Custom formatting.
i.e The cell value is 5, but the display is 5 Dr ( Debit value in accounting).Format of this cell shows "0.00"Dr".
Similarly some other cells contain Cr (Credit value in accounting),Format of this cell shows "0.00"Cr".
My question is if I want to sort or apply conditional formatting to these values which contains Cr and Dr value, what is the method?

93. ronald says:

Dear Sir
I have 2 column Ordered Qty and Received Qty for this i wANT TO SEE IN ONE COLUM i want to get answer Received or Pending kindly help me

• Andre says:

Hi Ronald
I believe you are looking for this: =IF(B22>=1,"Received","Pending")
Where "B22" will be the cell (value) under Qty Received.
However, you can also use:
=IF(B22>=A22,"Received","Pending") Where "B22" is the Qty Ordered, "A22" is Qty Received. If number of items received is less than the amount ordered, it will stay on pending, until updated to reflect all items received.

94. Jamie says:

I'm looking to highlight dates that are before today (using the "TODAY()" function) but only where the "Status" column is NOT "Complete".

So in column G I have all the end dates of our projects, starting in row 3 (G3) and in column E I have the status of each project, again starting in row 3 (E3). The statuses in column E are:
Complete
In Progress
Not Started
Cancelled
Overdue
On Hold
"BLANK"
What I need is for column G to have highlighted all dates that are before todays date "<TODAY()" but will not highlight when column E displays "Complete". However it needs to be highlighted when column E displays any other value.

What would be the best formula for this?

95. michelle says:

I need to make a formula using less than or greater than ?????
EG. 1-30 minutes = full rate ( make the cell green)
31 to 40 minutes = -10%(subtract)(make the cell amber)
41 to 50 minutes = -25%(subtract) make the cell purple)
51+minutes = -100% (subtract) make the cell red

96. Sarah Mulligan says:

I am trying to sort out a conditional formatting issue using multiple cells, The current formula I have entered is (=\$X\$2="SS4 1") which works exactly how I want it to on Cell X2, however I want the rule applied to multiple cells and anyway I have tried it doesn't work. I want it to apply to the following range of cells, (\$X\$2:\$FK\$2="SS4 1") I have tried entering like that and it doesn't work I'v tried entering like this (=\$X\$2+\$AA\$2+\$AD\$2+\$AG\$2+\$AJ\$2+\$AM\$2+\$AP\$2+\$AS\$2+\$AV\$2+\$AY\$2+\$BB\$2+\$BE\$2+\$BH\$2+\$BK\$2+\$BN\$2+\$BQ\$2+\$BT\$2+\$BW\$2+\$BZ\$2+\$CC\$2+\$CF\$2+\$CI\$2+\$CL\$2+\$CO\$2+\$CR\$2+\$CU\$2+\$CX\$2+\$DA\$2+\$DD\$2+\$DG\$2="SS4 1") and ive tried entering like this (=\$X\$2,\$AA\$2,\$AD\$2,\$AG\$2,\$AJ\$2,\$AM\$2,\$AP\$2,\$AS\$2="SS4 1") obviously I have not selected all cells in the last two examples but just wanted to show how I was entering it using + or , and still nothing. Please help.

97. Sharyn says:

Hi,
I have a sheet which is adding up data using sumif. The default is 0, due to no data to add. As data is added, I'd like to be able to differentiate the 0 as nothing matches from the data adds to 0. I thought this may be possible with conditional formatting, but am unable to work this out. Is there a way?
Thanks.

98. Per says:

Hi
I want to find a date in column L8: L3500 that corresponds to the value in E3 picked from column D8: D3500 (found by formula = MIN (D8: D3500). Which formula do I use? Thanks in advance for your help.

99. Rebecca Fox says:

Hi. I am trying to change the color of an empty cell in the first column of my table if columns f2 and w2 have the same value and if column e2 has the number 4390001 in it. I want the empty column to highlight red. I can get it to do it, but it is not highlighting in the right cell. It is one off on some and others it highlights a bunch without reason. This is the formula I have gotten to. =W2:W21617=F2:F21617=(E2:E21617="4390001") Please help!

100. Prakash Kulkarni says:

I want to conditionally format cells which has value less than Normal Range Males More than 13.6; Females More Than 11

SN WN EN Sex Hb.
1 3755 11098 M 16.5
2 3756 11140 M 14.6
3 3757 11153 M 14.7
4 3758 10005 M 12
5 3759 10166 F 9
6 3760 10197 M 16.6
7 3761 11149 M 12.7
8 3762 0 F 10.2
9 3763 10112 M 16.6
10 3764 11123 M 13.6
11 3765 10040 M 13.8
12 3766 10195 F 10
13 3767 11082 M 11.6
14 3768 10117 M 13.9
15 3769 10171 M 16
16 3770 10025 M 14
17 3771 11127 M 15.4
I tried your formulas. It did not work. I don't know what mistake I am making.