Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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When I type "service" into a cell I want to be able to have the whole row change to the color red, but I want to be able to do that in any column as well. not limit myself to just one column. and how would i set it up for different Words like, when I type Sold it turns yellow
Solved by C. J. in 14 mins
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Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:33
Hello, I understand that you need to setup your rows to turn red whenever you type a certain word, right?
User 25/10/2017 - 03:33
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:34
Okay, this can be done via conditional formatting.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:34
If you are able to upload your file then I can give you the steps on how to do it.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:34
Otherwise, I'll just have to give you the generic steps and it may a lot more difficult to follow.
User 25/10/2017 - 03:35
I can try and follow, I dont have the file
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:35
Okay, let me prepare the steps. Please give me a few minutes.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:35
Would you know, at least, which column will you type the words that needs to be checked?
User 25/10/2017 - 03:36
I will be using the words SOLD, SERVICE and other words in different columns depending on how are trrade in inventory happens
User 25/10/2017 - 03:36
so it will varie
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:37
Okay, that makes things a lot more complicated but still doable.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:37
It means you will have to create multiple conditional formulas.
User 25/10/2017 - 03:37
okay can you explain in the easiest way
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:38
I'll try. Please give me a few minutes.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:41
Here are the steps.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:43
I'll include the steps in an Excel file and send it here.
User 25/10/2017 - 03:44
okay thank you
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:44
[Uploaded an Excel file]
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:44
Please download the above file and then look for the steps in sheet2.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:44
I made several examples on how to change the steps depending on the word and the column.
User 25/10/2017 - 03:46
Okay thank you
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:46
Alright, if you encounter any problems applying the steps to your file, you may contact us back and it would help if you have the actual file with you.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:46
That way, we can help you apply it directly.
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:47
Would there be anything else that I can help you with regards to the original question?
User 25/10/2017 - 03:47
I think that will be all
Excelchat Expert 25/10/2017 - 03:47
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