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I have =NOW() in A2, and deadline dates in Column K
What I am looking for is the correct conditional formatting, to give me a
1. yellow highlight when within 7 days
2. red when the deadline has passed

Solved by D. D. in 23 mins

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Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:10

Hello, I understand that you need help with conditional formatting, right?

User
06/07/2018 - 01:10

thats right

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:11

Now() is in A2, your dates are in column K. May I know which column do you want to conditional highlight?

User
06/07/2018 - 01:11

I am using =NOW() in cell A2 and have a dealine date column in Column K, I am trying to create conditional formatting to format yello when within 7 days of deadline, and red when the deadline date has passed

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:12

Do you want to conditional highlight the dates in column K or do you want to highlight other columns?

User
06/07/2018 - 01:13

conditional highlight the dates in column k - I can share the sheet if it helps

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:13

Yes please. Share the sheet. It will help.

User
06/07/2018 - 01:13

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FPa3DXc1ZkVp-nqVmLf15wZuaOZNB08Ufjz-2ZOOcVk/edit?usp=sharing

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:14

So you have to do this in Google Spreadsheets?

User
06/07/2018 - 01:14

not essentially but preferably for collaborator access, thats where I can come across the issue since creating the basic sheet and then uploading

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:15

The file you shared is view only so I can't make any changes to it. I'll have to work on it on my own copy. I'll be right back.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:15

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.

User
06/07/2018 - 01:15

sorry can share edit

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:16

In the case of your file, which should be highlighted in yellow and which ones should be in red?

User
06/07/2018 - 01:17

within 7 days of NOW should be yellow, on or after NOW should be red

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:17

Yes, but just to be sure we are on the same page. which cells in your data should be yellow and which ones should be in red?

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:18

6/7 and below should be RED?

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:18

Meaning from K4 to K15 will be red?

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:19

And K16 to K22 will be yellow?

User
06/07/2018 - 01:19

bear with me im just got confused

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:19

Alright take your time. But this is the reason why I needed to ensure that we have the same understanding of the requirement.

User
06/07/2018 - 01:20

aboslutley, i will amend the dates to be more relevant and remove the existing formatting if thats ok

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:20

Sure.

User
06/07/2018 - 01:22

So, now i have K5:K6 shoud be red, K7:K12 shoud be yellow as they are within 7 days of todays date

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:22

Please ensure that you are keeping track of the time remaining. You'll be prompted to extend at around 2-3 minutes remaining. If you miss that then you won't be able to extend.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:23

Alright. I'm going to start working on it.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:24

The trick to working with conditional formatting is to try it first in visible cells. So I'll be using your column L temporarily.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:27

For RED:

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:27

=and((K4-$A$2)<0,K4<>"")

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:27

I'll work on the yellow now. Please extend the session when prompted.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:28

For YELLOW:

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:28

=and((K4-$A$2)>0,(K4-$A$2)<=7,K4<>"")

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:29

Your file should have the conditional formattings set.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:29

Please help me by confirming if it is what you need.

User
06/07/2018 - 01:30

That is fantastic, thank you and to amend the days within parameter I can see this element [<=7]

User
06/07/2018 - 01:30

all confirmed

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:30

Yes, that's all you need to change. Of course you may want to change >0 to >=0 as well.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:31

It depends on what exactly do you need for when the dates are exactly the same.

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:31

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

User
06/07/2018 - 01:32

each row will have varying dates, but the formatting will just be relevent to the proximity of NOW

User
06/07/2018 - 01:32

No, everything is wonderful, im thankful to have found this, and I am sure I will be back at some point

User
06/07/2018 - 01:32

do you have a preferred recommendation outlet?

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:32

Yes, in face, you can replace $A$2 with NOW() in the actual formula and it will still work.

User
06/07/2018 - 01:32

understood

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:33

I'm sorry, I'm not sure I understand what recommendation outlet means. English is not my first language, sorry. :(

User
06/07/2018 - 01:33

no probelm, i will certainly recommend this service to my colleagues and within my industry - Thank you

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:33

Yes, that would help us a lot. Thank you!

Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:33

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Excelchat Expert
06/07/2018 - 01:33

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
06/07/2018 - 01:33

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