Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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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
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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
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
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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
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
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
Excelchat Expert 06/07/2018 - 01:28
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
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
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.
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Excelchat Expert 06/07/2018 - 01:33
Please do not forget to click the End Session button otherwise I'll be stuck here until the timer expires and be unable to help others. Thank you.

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