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

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For some reason i'm having a mind blank about how to extend conditional formatting rules further down the sheet. I have all the rules I need applied to the top cell, but now I need all the cells in column c to have the same rule, but corresponding to column b cells without retyping the rules for each individual cell. For example, cell C2 should turn red if < than cell B2. I now need cells C3 thru C38 to turn red if < than cells B3 thru B38. Not sure if that makes sense!
Solved by I. J. in 60 mins
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Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:40
Welcome, Thanks for choosing Got It Pro-Excel.
User 14/08/2018 - 02:40
thanks! not sure if my question makes sense. Let me know if you need anything clarified
User 14/08/2018 - 02:41
it's been a while since i used excel this way so I need to brush up a little
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:41
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:41
Do you have sample data?
User 14/08/2018 - 02:42
yes. can i copy and paste into this worksheet
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:43
Just upload it...
User 14/08/2018 - 02:44
how? google drive? sorry
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:45
Just use the upload button to the right-end of the chat input box.
User 14/08/2018 - 02:45
this work
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Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:46
Going through it...
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:48
I see the rules are applied to the range:
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:48
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:49
Are you there?
User 14/08/2018 - 02:49
yes. that's correct
User 14/08/2018 - 02:50
i need to change the rule to apply to B2 thru B38
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:50
very good.
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:50
Are you using the online sheets or Desktop application?
User 14/08/2018 - 02:50
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:51
Okay. We will have to make this automatic.
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 02:51
Let me formulate a formula for you.
User 14/08/2018 - 02:51
thank you.. appreciate it
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:01
Almost done.
User 14/08/2018 - 03:01
ok thank you
User 14/08/2018 - 03:19
hello sir I have to get on a conference call shortly.. would you be able to email me the formula when complete? so sorry for the inconvenience
User 14/08/2018 - 03:21
my email is brittanywarrilow@gmail.com
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:24
Hello, are you there?
User 14/08/2018 - 03:24
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:24
Conditional Formatting:
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Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:24
I have applied the conditional formatting for you.
User 14/08/2018 - 03:24
perfect thank you so much
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:25
It was my pleasure helping you solve this problem. Any time you have a problem with Excel do not hesitate to come back for help.
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:25
You can always end and rate the chat at any time for better services. Hope to see you again!
User 14/08/2018 - 03:25
thank you again!
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:26
Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:38
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Excelchat Expert 14/08/2018 - 03:39
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