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I'm working on an Excel spreadsheet with 7 columns. If there is a DATE in column 5, I'm wanting the whole line formatted with strikethrough. How do I do this under conditional formatting? Or, is there another way?

Solved by T. H. in 26 mins

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Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:42

Hello, I understand that you want to conditionally format cells when column 5 has a date, right?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:42

yes

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:43

Are you able to upload your file so I can analyze it better and offer the most accurate solution?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:43

yes...where do I find the upload "button"?

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:44

It's the clip icon next to this chat.

User
16/04/2018 - 03:44

when I push that nothing happens

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:45

Hmm, that's odd. Do you see the document preview to the right?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:45

yes I do

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:45

Can you try replicating your data in there? It doesn't have to be all of it, just a few sample lines.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:46

Are you able to?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:47

I got lost LOL...I'm back...one moment and I'll copy and paste the info

User
16/04/2018 - 03:48

here it is

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:48

So date completed?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:48

Yes

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:48

And it starts in row 4?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:48

yes

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:49

Will there be any other values in the date column aside from dates?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:49

No

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:49

I mean, we can simplify the rule by checking if the date completed is NOT BLANK then we strikethrough.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:49

So we don't have to check if it is a date.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:50

Do you think that'll work?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:50

I agree but I couldn't get strikethrough to be on whole line

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:50

Oh so you already have a working conditional formatting?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:50

yes

User
16/04/2018 - 03:51

colors added for A, B, or C

User
16/04/2018 - 03:51

in column 1

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:51

Can you define what you meant by whole line?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:52

whole row

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:52

I'm asking because strikethrough can only be applied to cells with actual text on it.

User
16/04/2018 - 03:52

oh ok...

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:52

Meaning, if Action Taken is blank then we won't be able to make it show a strikethrough.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:53

Only the actual cells with content and only the text themselves.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:53

Do you want to proceed with that?

User
16/04/2018 - 03:53

I want to strikethough the rows where there is a date in column F

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:53

Okay, I think it would be better to show you what we can do.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:53

Please give me a few minutes.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:53

Before we proceed, this is a reminder that our policy is 1 question per session so for this session we'll be resolving this particular question.

User
16/04/2018 - 03:53

ok thank you

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:57

Please download this file.

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 03:57

Open the file and let me know if that's what you need. If it is, then I can give you the steps on how to apply it to your file.

User
16/04/2018 - 03:59

YES!!!

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:00

Great! Let me prepare the steps for you.

User
16/04/2018 - 04:02

You can tell I work in a "dying" industry...LOL

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:03

Haha. That's a good one.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:03

I've placed the steps in cell A1 of the Document Preview, by the way.

User
16/04/2018 - 04:03

It won't let me copy it

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:04

Let me send an Excel file with the steps instead.

User
16/04/2018 - 04:04

Thank you!

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:05

PLease download this file.

[Uploaded an Excel file]

User
16/04/2018 - 04:06

Ok...thank you so very much!

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:07

You are welcome. I'm glad to have helped. I'm deleting the sample data you uploaded, by the way as it contains personal information.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:07

Would there be anything else that I can help you with regards to the original question?

User
16/04/2018 - 04:07

Got it! I appreciate your assistance

User
16/04/2018 - 04:07

No, I'm good to go!

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:07

Alright, if you have no other questions regarding the original concern, I'd appreciate a 5-star rating and your feedback if you think I deserve it.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:07

I'll be giving you high ratings as well so the other experts will know that you are a good client and should be taken care of.

Excelchat Expert
16/04/2018 - 04:08

Thank you for contacting Got It Pro. Have an awesome day!

User
16/04/2018 - 04:08

awwww thank you!

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