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Hi I am looking for help on conditional formatting I have two ranges of 11 cells and I would like a singular cell in the first range to flash red if it less than the bottom range, could you please assist?

Solved by D. L. in 20 mins

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User
21/08/2017 - 12:19

so first range is G9:G21

User
21/08/2017 - 12:19

and the second is G32:44

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:20

Okay,

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:20

When you say if it is less than,

User
21/08/2017 - 12:20

so like if G32 is less than G9, i need it to flash red

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:20

do you mean the sum of all the numbers or just that one number compared to the others?

User
21/08/2017 - 12:20

the one number

User
21/08/2017 - 12:20

so like if G33 is less than G10

User
21/08/2017 - 12:21

i need G10 to flash red

User
21/08/2017 - 12:21

and i need this repeated for the whole range

User
21/08/2017 - 12:22

cause as of now, it highlights the entire range

User
21/08/2017 - 12:23

so just need it to highlight the one cell that is too large

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:23

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f6UlO3EshEdGd21QRyFWTq0Hr2iMLqouICrtgQd3IXM/edit?usp=sharing

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:23

Please click on on the link.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:23

could you copy and paste it? sorry my company website doesnt let me use google docs

User
21/08/2017 - 12:24

or how do i edit this formula?

User
21/08/2017 - 12:24

=$G$32:$G$43<$G$9:$G$20

User
21/08/2017 - 12:24

cause thats what i have currently

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:25

I'm reviewing now. One moment please.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:25

ok ty

User
21/08/2017 - 12:29

any idea?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:29

Yes.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:29

Now we can continue into the explanation step of this session. I am going to perform the following:

User
21/08/2017 - 12:29

ok

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:29

=$G9<$G32

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:29

Put that in custom formula within conditional formatting.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:30

I’ve completed the solution, take a look if you would like. We can now continue to the discussion stage and I can answer any questions you may have with the solution I provided.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:30

how do you copy it to the rest though?

User
21/08/2017 - 12:30

is there an easy way?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:30

Once you have that in G9 you copy the rest through by using the format painter at the top of excel.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:30

oh ok

User
21/08/2017 - 12:30

one second gonna test

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:30

Okay, thank you.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:32

doesnt seem to be working//

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:33

look at G9

User
21/08/2017 - 12:33

yeah im at G9

User
21/08/2017 - 12:33

so if G9>G32

User
21/08/2017 - 12:33

i want it to flash red

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:33

Nothing happens.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:34

I thought is was less than, not greater?

User
21/08/2017 - 12:34

no its greater

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:34

=$G10<$G33

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:34

You use this formula then.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:35

Sorry for the confusion.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:35

ok i think i got it

User
21/08/2017 - 12:35

how do you use the format painter to quickly copy it?

User
21/08/2017 - 12:35

i also need to add it to the other columns as well

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:36

So go to G9, press the format painter icon and drag to the end of your range.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:36

Take the $ out of your formula and then you can drag it whereever.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:36

so =G10<G33

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:36

instead of what I sent before.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:37

and i can drag horizontally as well?

User
21/08/2017 - 12:37

like into other columns?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:37

yup.

User
21/08/2017 - 12:37

ok awesome it works

User
21/08/2017 - 12:37

thanks for your help

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:38

Great! :)

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 12:38

You're very welcome is was my pleasure.

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