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Yes hello Im looking for help on conditional formatting I currently have a conditional format for D9>D32 and so on from D9:S20. I need to add an if statement that references cell D4 if the first four characters are 1358 for the rule to apply can you please assist?

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User
21/08/2017 - 01:14

yeah so the rule applies for each column exclusively so for the rule to apply to D9>D32 it needs to reference D4

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:14

Hello, I understand that you need help win building a conditional formatting that checks if the first four characters are 1358, right?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:14

yes exactly

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:14

Will you be able to give a sample document that we can work on?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:14

but each column is exclsuive so, E will need to reference E4

User
21/08/2017 - 01:15

i cant sorry i cant share my companies materila

User
21/08/2017 - 01:15

Ill send you my current formula though

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:15

I'm not really asking for the actual data. Just a sample data that we can work on.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:15

That way, we can test if the CF i'll be creating fits your requirement.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:15

I can't upload anything though

User
21/08/2017 - 01:15

=IF(LEFT(D$4,3)="'13","D9>D32","")

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:16

You don't have to upload anything. Just Try to type a few sample data.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:16

this is what Ive tried to use but it doesnt work

User
21/08/2017 - 01:16

sorry this one

User
21/08/2017 - 01:16

=IF(LEFT(D$4,4)="'135","D9>D32","")

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:16

Yes because conditional formatting will only accept TRUE or FALSE.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:16

can you explain?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:17

Conditional formatting will check if your statement is TRUE or FALSE. If it is true then it will highlight the cell.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:17

Otherwise, it won't do anything.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:17

okay so how do i fix it?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:17

For example, your formula might be:

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:17

=left(d4,4)="1358"

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:18

But I can't tell you exactly what the formula should be because I have no clue how your data looks like.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:18

so from D9:D20 i have values

User
21/08/2017 - 01:18

then from D32:D43 i have calues

User
21/08/2017 - 01:18

values*

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:18

Do you see the document preview to the right?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:19

and i need it to highlight red if D9>D32

User
21/08/2017 - 01:19

and so on for each cell but only if first four characters of D4=1358

User
21/08/2017 - 01:19

no its blocked

User
21/08/2017 - 01:19

does that make sense to you though?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:19

So it compares D9 with D32, D10 with D33 and so on?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:20

yeah exactly

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:20

And what's the role of D4?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:20

Does D4 change?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:21

yes so only if it has 1358 as the first four characters

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:21

I mean is it always checking D4 or does it move downwards like D9 to d10 and d32 to d33?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:21

thats the only time i want the conditional formatting to apply to D9>D32, and so on

User
21/08/2017 - 01:21

no it doesnt

User
21/08/2017 - 01:21

d4 is always the same

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:22

=and(left($D$4,4)="1358",D9>D32)

User
21/08/2017 - 01:23

that make sense?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:23

Entering Explanation Phase

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:23

We'll use the AND() function to generate a TRUE or FALSE value for the custom conditional formatting formula.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:24

I just tried that formula in my conditional formatting and it works based on how I understood your problem.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:24

ok it works for D column

User
21/08/2017 - 01:24

now i need it for columns D:S

User
21/08/2017 - 01:25

but so like column E references E4

User
21/08/2017 - 01:25

F references F4 and so on

User
21/08/2017 - 01:25

that make sense?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:25

If it is in E, it uses E4 and then compares E9 with E32?

User
21/08/2017 - 01:26

exactly

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:26

=and(left(D$4,4)="1358",D9>D32)

User
21/08/2017 - 01:26

and then use the format painter?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:26

Use that and make sure you encompass D9:S20 for the range of the conditional formatting or use the format painter.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:27

Entering Discussion Phase

User
21/08/2017 - 01:27

hmm doesnt seem to be working

User
21/08/2017 - 01:27

works for column D

User
21/08/2017 - 01:27

but not the others

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:27

I just used the same formula and it works in the document preview.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:28

Unfortunately, you don't have access to it and I don't see what you are doing.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:30

=AND(LEFT(D$4,4)="1358",D9>D32)

User
21/08/2017 - 01:30

just tried that

User
21/08/2017 - 01:30

for some reason its not working

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:30

I can't really tell you what you are doing wrong because I don't see what you've done so far. :(

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:30

I guarantee you that formula works though.

User
21/08/2017 - 01:31

ok ill play with it a bit

User
21/08/2017 - 01:31

thanks for your help

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:32

Can you access Drive.google.com?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:32

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1j34SU3SZazTjJsalFFZUxSQnc/view?usp=sharing

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:33

If you could find a way to download that file, I've applied the formula there and you will see that it works.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:33

Please save that file.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 01:33

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