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I have 3 columns e.g.:
Due Offered Actual
16/05/19 16/04/19 10/05/19
What I need is if the "Offered" date is after the "Due" date the box changes colour. Sadly I cannot seem to figure out the formula for the variables. I'd also need "Actual" to do a similar thing based on due date.

Solved by T. D. in 22 mins

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Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:46

Hello :)

User
16/05/2018 - 12:46

Hi

User
16/05/2018 - 12:46

can you see my issue?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:46

Can you do me a favor and add some sample data or share your sheet?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:46

Yes, I just want to make sure I fully understand first before attempting to solve.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:48

ok

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:48

So if offered less than Due, change color?

User
16/05/2018 - 12:48

so with what I've done

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:48

If actual is less than due change color?

User
16/05/2018 - 12:49

If the offer date is up to 2 months before due date its fine

User
16/05/2018 - 12:49

if it's after the due date I need the box to become red

User
16/05/2018 - 12:49

If actual is after due also chnge colour

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:49

What if it is 3 months before due date?

User
16/05/2018 - 12:50

sadly o due to commissioners requirements

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:50

I'm sorry, I didn't understand that previous statement.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:50

So in this case cells B4,C3 and C4 would turn red

User
16/05/2018 - 12:51

So due date is 17/03/2017

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:51

Okay, I'm going to send you to another link.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:51

if an ok

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:51

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MSqjyhG4r7bH3-1ivHGmDixHx6MZh0BNmcxqWBQ_xXM/edit?usp=sharing

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:51

This will make the screen larger for me to work on this for you.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:52

better?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:52

Yes. Thank you!

User
16/05/2018 - 12:53

Do you get what I'm trying to do?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:54

Yes. I do.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:54

Can you see that I have already completed Offered section.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:54

It's to make sure appointments are offered up to 2 months prior to due date and they are seen before due date

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:54

It has turned red where the due date is larger.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:54

the offered would be the other way around

User
16/05/2018 - 12:55

what did you do and I can just make it green

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:55

So if offered is greater than Due, it is red?

User
16/05/2018 - 12:55

so highlight positive reather than issue

User
16/05/2018 - 12:55

ok so how was that done?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:56

I did this through conditional formating.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:56

went to Data - Conditional Formating.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:56

then, selected custom formula.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:56

=$A2<B2

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:56

That is the custom formula I used for column B.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:57

=$A2>$C2

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:57

That is the formula I used for column C

User
16/05/2018 - 12:57

sorry im on conditional formating

User
16/05/2018 - 12:57

then new rule?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:57

Then, I set the result to red for each if the conditions are met.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:57

Yes.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:58

then I have:

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:58

Are you doing this in Excel or Google Sheets?

User
16/05/2018 - 12:58

Format cells based on their values

User
16/05/2018 - 12:58

format cells that contain

User
16/05/2018 - 12:58

excel

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:59

Okay, one moment while I open Excel and go through the steps with you.

User
16/05/2018 - 12:59

thank you

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:59

Go to the bottom where it says "Use a formula to determine which cells to format"

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 12:59

and click that

User
16/05/2018 - 01:00

ok

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:00

Then in the box below that says "Format values where this formula is true" type

User
16/05/2018 - 01:00

ok

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:00

=$A2<B2

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:01

Then, click format and change it to however you want it to look when the condition is met.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:01

=$A2<$B2

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:01

Change it to that instead so it works more efficient.

User
16/05/2018 - 01:01

ok

User
16/05/2018 - 01:02

so that will make it green if correct

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:02

What condition makes it correct?

User
16/05/2018 - 01:02

if it is before due date

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:02

So it would be this.

User
16/05/2018 - 01:02

actual would need to turn red if after due date

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:03

=$A2>$B2

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:03

That would make Offered Green

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:03

You just flip the sign as you can see.

User
16/05/2018 - 01:03

ok I'll have a play

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:03

=$A2<$C2

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:04

Actual would be the same except you just change the B to C.

User
16/05/2018 - 01:04

yeah that works :)

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:04

Great! :)

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:04

Is there anything else I can help you with in regards to this?

User
16/05/2018 - 01:05

thanks for that do each cell need to be formatted seperatly?

User
16/05/2018 - 01:05

individually?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:05

No, you can copy the formatting down by using the Format painter.

User
16/05/2018 - 01:05

where's that?

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:06

so click on B2 and click the format painter and then click in B2 and drag to the end of column B

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:06

The format painter looks like a paint brush

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:06

It is below Copy

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:06

on the top left corner of your Excel documnat.

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:06

document

User
16/05/2018 - 01:08

cool thank you I appreciate it

User
16/05/2018 - 01:08

saved a lot of time there :)

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:08

You're very welcome :)

Excelchat Expert
16/05/2018 - 01:08

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