# Conditional Formatting - Blank Cell Gets Unwanted Format.

Oct 31, 2008

As a pert of a spreadsheet I have 2 columns (M5:N400) of 400 cells deep. Each cell in these columns contains a formula that counts days, when appropriate. They can end up showing a value of blank, a number between 0 and 5, or any number greater than 5. (But very rarely greater than 30)

If the number is greater than 5 then it means that it has exceeded it's target time and I wish to highlight this with conditional formatting (CF). I have a CF on all cells in both columns that says.

If "The cell value" is "Greater than" "5"... then
format the background colour to a pale yellow.

It works, but doesn't work.

If the cell value is 0 to 5 it's unchanged. Good.
If the cell value is >5 it changes. Good.
BUT, if the cell is blank it also changes. Bad!!!

I assume it is because it is looking at the fact that there is a formula in the cell, even though the displayed value is "". So I tried a second level saying that if the cell is equal to "" then no format, but it still changes.

## Conditional Formatting Based On Another Cell Conditional Format

Mar 20, 2013

Is it possible to change the format of cell AI3 based on the format of cell C3 and D3? I have C3 and D3 set to turn red based on what is in cell C2 and D2. I would like the following done:

If AI3=C3 & C3 is red, format AI3 blue
If AI3=D3 & D3 is red, format AI3 blue
Otherwise, leave AI3 unformatted.

Possible???

## Conditional Formatting If Cell Value Is Not Blank?

Jan 6, 2014

I need a hand with conditional formatting if possible?

In the attached document i need the cell fill for the cells containing values (in column C) to change if data on sheet 2 is anything other than blank.

e.g. Sheet 1 C3 would be green fill and C4 would be no fill as Sheet 2 B3 contains a date and B4 does not

## Conditional Formatting If Cell Is Blank

May 15, 2008

I have a totals spreadsheet that links many other spreadsheets. I need to set up a formula for conditional formatting if the cell is blank (NOT ZERO). I need to ensure that the users are inputting zeros and not leaving the cells blank. I tried this but it's not working: ="IF('[Brown Deer-Q2-08.xls]Week 7'!G13)<"""

## Ignoring Blank Cell With Conditional Formatting

Feb 4, 2010

I've read dozens of threads on how to have conditional formatting ignore blank cells but I am not understanding how to make it happen myself...

Logic: Highlight the cells that are >=10 but ignore the blank cells that have functions in them

## Recognize Blank Cell Using Conditional Formatting?

May 22, 2013

I need to use conditional formatting to recognize blank cells meaning totally blank and not cells with formulas returning 0 what i must use to get this result?

## Conditional Formatting If Cell Contains Data Highlight Red If Blank Do Nothing

Nov 4, 2012

I have a spreadsheet where I have a column of dates and I want conditional formatting to highlight the cell red if the date is less than or equal to today but if the cell is blank to do nothing.

At the moment I have the following formatting applied using the "format only cells that contain" option I have cell value less than or equal to =TODAY() except that obviously highlights every cell red that doesn't contain a date. Is there another conditional format I can apply in addition to this that will not highlight the blank cells ?

## Conditional Formatting Based On Adjacent Cell Not Being Blank

Mar 6, 2014

I want AB1 to highlight red if date in S1 is not blank and N1 doesnt equal AA1. Is this possible?

## Use Conditional Formatting To Turn Cell Red If Any Cells Above Are Blank

Nov 3, 2009

I have a formula in A56 that adds cells A1:A54. I want to use conditional formatting to highlight A56 if any of the cells in A1:A54 are blank. I am unsure how to do this.

## Apply Conditional Formatting To A Cell When It Is Left BLANK

Nov 30, 2008

I'm trying to apply conditional formatting (shading) to cells that are left blank.

(Purpose: I am designing a research template for a client to complete with data and want the spreadsheet to show them where they've "missed a bit"!)

(When I go to the conditional formatting box, it asks me to specify when "cell value is"..."between/not between/equal to/not equal to" etc. But there's no option to specify when the cell is blank.)

## Conditional Formatting - VLOOKUP And Blank Cell In Range?

May 22, 2012

I need to format cell D1 to have the fill color be red if any cell in D2:D21 is blank. I've tried

=VLOOKUP("", \$D\$2:\$D\$21, 1, FALSE) but that returns #N/A (there is one blank cell in the range at the moment).

I really don't want to use =OR(\$D\$2="", \$D\$3="", ...\$D\$21="") if I can avoid it.

## Conditional Formatting Based Upon Format Of Another Cell?

Mar 25, 2010

Is it possible to format a cell based upon the format of another cell? For instance, if the cell to the left of a target cell is bold, is there a conditional formatting cell that can be used so that the target cell is bold as well?

## Cell Format For Conditional Formatting With A Formula?

Jan 25, 2012

I have a large spreadsheet with a number of columns that are set up for conditional formatting. For example a column of "BUY"'s and "SELL"'s where the "BUY"s are formatted with the default "light green fill, dark green text". I have other columns that are conditionally formatted using a formula. When I base the result on a formula I don't seem to have the option to use the default formats. Is it possible to use the defaults or maybe even how to customize my format to look like the default? It would look a lot better if I had a uniform red/green style throughout the sheet.

## CONDITIONAL FORMATTING TO VBA. Row Format Based On Cell Value

Apr 19, 2008

I have set 3 conditional formatting rules where the row from column A to K will change depending on the value on column L.

Selection is equal to A3:K100, conditions are similar to:
- Formula is =\$K3="PIP"

Then for formatting I chose WHITE BOLD FONT & BLUE SOLID PATTERN, for example.

Conditional formatting only allows 3 conditions. If this can be replicated
using VBA, then you can set "n" conditions, correct?

## Using Conditional Formatting To Format Range Based On One Cell

May 20, 2009

I am working with the Conditional Formatting, which is fine for one cell. Here is what I am trying to do: IF cell in \$A1 = 1 then bold \$B2:\$M2 and apply solid line border to top of cell ranges. I have tried conditional formatting but it only formats the cells in column A. And I can't seem to find a BOLD statement for the cell formulas.

## Conditional Format Formula: Allow The User To Blank Out The Cell Within The Year

Sep 26, 2009

i have a set of conditional formatting set up for my workbook, the first is simply that if the result is false the cell is blank(white text,white background). the second if positive result,keeps the text black till 1 year has passed. the problem is the third, i.m trying to allow the user to blank out the cell within the year (white text,white background)if certain criteria are met. the idea is that they change the entry in cell D from T to TX or from M to MX and the formula pick this up, but i keep getting a error saying "your formula contains an error", the formula im using is, =if(or(\$D5="tx","mx")) then i set the format to (white text,white background). its probably really simple but i,ve been trying to solve this now for around 8 hours and i.m stuck

## Conditional Formatting Blank Cell Based On Another Cell Date

Apr 1, 2014

I am trying to alert our purchasing mgr when order dates are approaching or not meeting our project deadline.

As of now i have the following rulesif order date is due today or past due - redif order date it greater than project date - redif order date is due within 2wks - yellow

Now all I need is a rule where there is an order without a due date but the project deadline is within 2wks (yellow) and past due or due today (red)

KO_04.01.14.xlsx

## Conditional Formatting Cells To Show No Format If Cell Contains A Date

May 3, 2014

How can I condition format a cell to show no format if the cell contains a date

## Conditional Format Cells If Today Date Exceeded And Another Cell Is Blank

Nov 14, 2013

I would like to highlight (conditional format) the "response required by" (Row A) cells / dates if the "current date" (cell \$B\$2) is exceeded AND if the "response provided By" (Row B) remains BLANK:

Current Date
=Today()

Response Required By
Response Provided By

29-10-2013
23-10-2013

[Code] .......

## Conditional Format Of "blank" Cell Containing Formula

Dec 30, 2007

I have a Sheet 1 which derives some values from Sheet 2.

I want to color cells in Sheet 1 which do not have input from Sheet 2, but the formulas in the Sheet 1 cells are blocking ISBLANK conditional formatting.

Is there a way around this?

## Conditional Formatting: If A Cell Value In Column X Contains The Word "open", Format Row Background To Yellow

May 7, 2009

I need to set up some conditional formatting on my spreadsheet, however I am having a little trouble with one of my conditions. The requirement is:

- if a cell value in column X contains the word "open", format row background to yellow.

- if a cell value in column X contains the word "resolved", format row background to green.

- if a cell value in column X contains the word "moved" OR "closed", format row background to blue.

Now I have manged the first two on my own, using the conditional formatting tool and using the formula "=SEARCH("open",INDIRECT("X"&ROW()))".

However I am stuck on the last one. I tried...

=OR(SEARCH("resolved",INDIRECT("X"&ROW())), SEARCH("closed",INDIRECT("X"&ROW())))

However this doesnt work. I tried looking at adding VB script in but to be honest I am not a VB programmer and cant really spend too much time on this. fix the final conditional format so it run if the cell contains either "resolved" or "closed"?

## Looping & Conditional Format: Finds A "J" It Will Apply Conditional Formatting To A Row Of 4 Cells Directly Adjacent?

Feb 9, 2009

I need to run a loop through a column of values (attachment col B) and when it finds a "J" it will apply conditional formatting to a row of 4 cells directly adjacent. The attachment is a theoretical before & after.

## Conditional Formatting Using Blank Cells?

May 11, 2013

I have four columns of data, the last column being Date Completed, I'd like to shade the whole row of four cells if the last cell contains a date. I tried to just work on shading if the cell contains anything with conditional formatting using the formula:

=\$D\$1"" apllied to all my cells and chose green shading and nothing happened.

## Conditional Formatting For NOT Blank Spots

Jun 4, 2013

Here's my problem: I want conditional formatting to show yellow on dates for this month, lite red for cells containing dates this week, and red for any past dates. I figured out all of that, now IF there is a date in the cell to the right, the cell turns green. In other words the cell to the right shows that the action was completed on that date and we are good.

What would the formula be to:

Turn cell green, IF cell to right is NOT BLANK

## Conditional Format; Put 1, 0, Or Leave Blank

Feb 2, 2009

I have cells B5:AL22 I want to put 1, 0, or leave blank. I need the zero (0) to turn red with white letter, the 1 and blank cells to remain in the present format. I can get the 1 and zero (0), but I don't know how to get the blank cells to stay in regular format.

## Ignore Blank Cells In Conditional Formatting?

Feb 15, 2010

I have tried to set up a list of cells to highlight in red any numerical values which are greater than 0 using conditional formatting. This works fine, except that all blank cells are also highlighted in red. Formula is currently: cell value is greater than 0. What do I need to do to ignore the empty cells?

## Conditional Formatting Between 2 Values When Cells Are Not Actually Blank

Nov 18, 2013

Ok so my project is tracking how many days have passed since a collection notice has been sent. Assuming the case isn't closed, a response from the customer hasn't been received, the case has been assigned to an employee, and assuming the notice was actually sent in the first place.

There are instances where the collections case may have been closed without a response date or any other date and we call that "Administratively Closed."

This is my formula: =IF(OR(CaseStatus="Closed",ISBLANK(NoticeSentDate), ResponseDate""),"",TODAY()-NoticeSentDate)

Problem is, now that I'm trying to conditionally format the ones >60 days, and =45 days WITHOUT getting the "blank" cells to change color too.

I got the one for >60 days: =AND(OR(CaseStatus"Closed", CaseStatus"Unassigned"), Comments "Administratively Closed", DaysPassed>60, ResponseDate="", DateEnteredInDatabase"")

I can't get =45 without having a bunch of cells that appear blank change color too.

## Conditional Format Every Odd Row / Excluding Blank Cells

Nov 15, 2012

conditional formatting. I am using the code below to conditional format every Odd row with a background/border.

=MOD(ROW(),2)=1

I would like to know how to modify this, so that it only applies the format if the cell in column A on that specific row contain data and doesn't format blank cells.

## Conditional Format - Formula For Blank Cells

Jul 1, 2012

I am using a conditional formula to compare if a cell in column A is higher than a cell in column B. If a cell is blank the cell is formatting. I am trying to highlight only cells with numbers. Any formula to place in the conditional format formula that will evaluate the cells excluding a blank cell?

ie: grapes and pears should be highlighted because value in column B is less than column A but the conditional format is highlighting apples also where apples should have no highlighting because the value in column B is none or blank.

A B
oranges 2.49 3.25
grapes 1.99 1.89
apples 1.00
pears 1.11 1.03

## Conditional Format: Ignore Blank Cells

Feb 5, 2007

Excel 2004 for Mac

I'd like to give a conditional format to a range of cells so that only one cell in the range has a gray background. The condition must include three criteria:
1) The cell cannot be blank, AND
2) The cell's value must be the minimum in the range, AND
3) The cell's value must not equal any value preceding it in the range.

My own attempt looks like this for cell J8 in the range C8:AF8:
=AND(NOT(ISBLANK(J8)),J8=MIN(\$C8:\$AF8),J8\$C8:I8)

Problem: This condition works great for all values entered EXCEPT ZERO. When J8 is the first zero in the range, if it is preceded by a blank cell anywhere else in the range, it fails the third criterion (J8\$C8:I8) because Excel treats the blank cell as though it's a zero. Result: no gray background.

How can I get Excel to "ignore" blank cells.