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Drag down Conditional Formatting.

273 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 7:07 PM by Jerrold Green1 RSS
4r1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jan 2, 2013 5:30 PM



This is a question that I have seen already here that was archived (at least 2 years ago) before it was properly answered, and I would like to see if we can solve it.


When conditional formatting a cell I use this expression: is equal to (J8)

I want to format the next cell down as: is equal to (J9)

and the next

and the next



The answer they came up with was "do it by hand" but I have 3645 entries to fill in, and that would drive me completely mad :-)


Any answers for this?




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,185 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:07 PM (in response to 4r1)



    Nothing has changed in that regard. The best workaround in my opinion is to add an auxiliary column to be the indicator of the condition you wish to highlight. In the auxiliary column you can calculate a result that you can then apply normal, non external cell referenced, conditions to.


    Here's an example where the condition of a column to column comparison is flagged by a red cell, just not one of the data cells.

    Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 10.05.16 pm.png




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