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0%(-26%)
how can i put conditional formatting considering values in bracket eg. i want to put red if bracket value is negative despite whatever is 1st value

Solved by X. C. in 18 mins

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Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:17

Hello, I understand that you need help in conditional formatting your cell based on the value inside the (), right?

User
26/06/2018 - 11:17

yes

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:17

Alright, we can help you with this. 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. We also currently do not support VBA/Macro solutions.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:18

What we can do is create a formula that will check the charater immediately following the (.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:18

If the character immediately following the ( is a - sign then it means that the value inside the () is a negative number.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:18

Are you able to upload your file so I can analyze if this is going to work?

User
26/06/2018 - 11:19

12%(-4%)

User
26/06/2018 - 11:19

i need help to colour it red putting conditional formatting

User
26/06/2018 - 11:19

you can write it in your excel

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:19

Are you able to share your file or at least an accurate representation of your data?

User
26/06/2018 - 11:20

i have already shared the number

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:20

May I know which column and row the data resides so I can create an accurate formula?

User
26/06/2018 - 11:20

so in A1 cell 12%(-4%) is written

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:20

Thank you.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:20

Do you see the document to the right?

User
26/06/2018 - 11:20

i want it to be red if ( value is negative and green if ( value is positive

User
26/06/2018 - 11:20

yes

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:21

Can you write a couple more examples so I can test the formula I'm going to write?

User
26/06/2018 - 11:21

54%(6%)

User
26/06/2018 - 11:21

in A2

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:21

Please use the sheet to the right. You can edit that.

User
26/06/2018 - 11:22

you can test on this

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:22

Thank you.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:23

Nearly done.

User
26/06/2018 - 11:24

show me how

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:25

Please wait. I'm writing the steps.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:25

I can't show you how but I can tell you how.

User
26/06/2018 - 11:25

ok

User
26/06/2018 - 11:28

??

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:28

I'm still here. I'm working on it. Please have patience.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:28

Please download this file.

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Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:28

In this file you will see 2 sheets.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:29

The first sheet will have the conditional formatting applied.

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:29

The second sheet, named Instructions, will have the steps on how I accomplished it.

User
26/06/2018 - 11:29

cool

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:29

Now, since you want to apply the conditional formatting yourself, if you encounter problems doing so, I won't be able to pinpoint where it goes wrong. You just have to follow the instructions to the letter.

User
26/06/2018 - 11:30

I'll do

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:30

But as you can see, using the examples you've provided, the conditional formatting works in sheet1

User
26/06/2018 - 11:30

thanks

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:30

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

User
26/06/2018 - 11:30

nope

Excelchat Expert
26/06/2018 - 11:30

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
26/06/2018 - 11:31

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
26/06/2018 - 11:31

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