# Excel - How to Apply Conditional Formatting to Blank Cells - Expert Solution

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How can I multiply the number of blank cells in a row by 5 using conditional formatting?
Solved by A. J. in 11 mins
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Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:42
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User 02/07/2018 - 07:42
Hi there. Thanks for your assistance.
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:43
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:43
May be with some sample data in this preview sheet.
User 02/07/2018 - 07:45
For example, in E1, I would like to include a formula where I can multiply the blank cells (B1 and D1) by 5 automatically. And this will give me 10. Am I able to do that with conditional formatting or the like?
User 02/07/2018 - 07:45
E1 = (number of blank cells x \$5). Is there a formula for that in excel?
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:46
So you will like to count the number of blank cells and then multiply that result with \$5, is that right?
User 02/07/2018 - 07:46
Yes that's right.
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:47
That can be done with a simple formula. No need of conditional formattting
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:47
Let me do the formula for you.
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:47
Should the count be from column A through D?
User 02/07/2018 - 07:48
Yes that's right because each time the result in column E will be different depending on the number of blanks each row has
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:49
Formula is =countblank(A1:D1)*5
User 02/07/2018 - 07:49
Ah I see. So I should use the formula "countblank"
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:49
Countblank is a function to count blank cells in a range
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:49
Yes
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:49
And then multiple with a the value
User 02/07/2018 - 07:49
That will be useful.
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:50
Your value of 5 can be variable if you use a cell reference.
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:50
Say instead of hard coded 5, if you have your value in Cell G1, then you can reference G1 and whenever you change G1 value, formula will automatically pick up.
Excelchat Expert 02/07/2018 - 07:51
User 02/07/2018 - 07:51
Yes, I understand now. Thank you for your assistance. You have been very helpful. May I know how can I use this service again and what packages are there or the like?
User 02/07/2018 - 07:53
It's alright. I found information on that on your website. I will look through it. Thanks again for your help.
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User 02/07/2018 - 07:53
Sure. Thanks again. Have a good day.
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User 02/07/2018 - 07:53
Sure. Bye. :)

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