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I need cell B2 Green if cells G2:Q2 are empty. If cells G2:Q2 have any text in any cell then i need B2 to be red.

Solved by C. W. in 20 mins

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Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:04

Hi there!

User
08/08/2018 - 02:04

hey!

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:04

I believe a conditional formatting formula will be able to solve this for you. Do you have a particular file you're working with? Are you able to upload it here?

User
08/08/2018 - 02:05

i do have a file but i am unable to upload it

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:06

No problem. I will code the conditional formatting formula and then you can add it to your file. Are you familiar with conditional formatting?

User
08/08/2018 - 02:06

yes, however i'm using google sheets. I can use excel if need be though.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:07

Oh no Google Sheets is just fine! I will code it directly in here then ------>

User
08/08/2018 - 02:08

i have an error on the browser so i cant see

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:08

No problem.

User
08/08/2018 - 02:08

i might have to refresh but i dont want to lose the session

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:08

Ok first can you highlight cell B2 green

User
08/08/2018 - 02:08

ok

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:08

The formula will make it red if the conditions are met

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:08

( if cells G2:Q2 have any text)

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:09

One sec and I will get this for you.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:09

Yeah don't bother refreshing the browser it's all good

User
08/08/2018 - 02:09

yea it seems simple i had something like =IF(G2:Q2)=""

User
08/08/2018 - 02:09

thats about all i had

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:10

That is close for sure... I am using SUMPRODUCT as well.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:11

Ok go to cell B2

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:11

conditional formatting

User
08/08/2018 - 02:12

k

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:12

Format cells IF and then choose custom formula

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:12

This is the custom formula:

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:12

=SUMPRODUCT(--(G2:Q2<>""))=0

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:12

then choose a formatting style (red)

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:13

That should do it! Let me know if it works on your end. No rush ~

User
08/08/2018 - 02:14

that worked perfectly!! Now lets say i need all cells in the B column to work like that for example B3 with the conditional formatting to G3:Q3

User
08/08/2018 - 02:14

do i have to make the conidtional for each b cell in that column

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:15

Nope! Drag down cell B2 (like pretend it has a formula in it that you're dragging down)

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:15

It will dynamically update to the proper row

User
08/08/2018 - 02:15

YES!! perfect

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:15

Yay!

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:16

My pleasure to help! Please feel free to reach out with a new session if you need more help and we will be happy to assist.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:16

All the very best ~

User
08/08/2018 - 02:16

that was awesome! tyvm!!!

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 02:16

:)

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