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I need help with conditional formatting to highlight a cell if any of the names appear in a column list of names

Solved by O. J. in 20 mins

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Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:45

hi there!

User
27/03/2018 - 01:45

HI

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:45

Are you able to load the file into the Google Sheet window? I am sure I can help you with your conditional formatting question...

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:45

or you could attach the file as well - whatever is easier.

User
27/03/2018 - 01:46

I can quickly write up an example sheet in excel

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:46

beautiful

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:47

are you using Excel or Google Sheets? (the conditional formatting procedures are a touch different between the 2)

User
27/03/2018 - 01:49

so I want conditional formatting for cell A1. I am using excel. I want cell A1 to change color if any of the items are in the list. So if I type "a" in cell A1, I want conditional formatting to apply

User
27/03/2018 - 01:49

same goes for b, c, and d

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:49

gotcha

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:50

let me reproduce this little example in Excel so I can figure it out - shouldn't be long!

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:53

how long could the list of names be?

User
27/03/2018 - 01:53

25

User
27/03/2018 - 01:53

on average

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:55

tricky!

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:55

ok I have it :)

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:55

i had to use a secondary formula to base the conditional formatting on

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:55

one sec ill attach a file and walk you through it

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:55

you can apply the solution to your file

User
27/03/2018 - 01:55

ok great

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:57

actually never mind - i added the formula directly to the conditional formatting (even better)

User
27/03/2018 - 01:57

lets see it!

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:58

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:58

ok check that out

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:58

you will have to tweak the conditional formatting formula to match the cell that you're entering the name as well as match the list of names

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 01:59

=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A1,E2:E100,0)),1,0) So the A1 needs to be whatever cell you are entering the name into. And the E2:E100 is the range of cells with the names.

User
27/03/2018 - 02:00

That is the equation needed for the "new rule" for conditional formatting?

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 02:00

yep you'd go to new rule, and then select "use a formula to determine which cells.... etc."

User
27/03/2018 - 02:01

Great! seems like it should work for my purposes. I'll give it a shot!

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 02:01

do you want to test now while I'm here?

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 02:01

you can always ping back of course as well - whatever is easier for you

User
27/03/2018 - 02:02

ok just a sec

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 02:02

sure thing

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 02:04

the timer will expire though unless you press the extend 20 minutes

Excelchat Expert
27/03/2018 - 02:04

best of luck if I loose you!

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