We can use a simple formula to **highlight cells that end with** a certain text in excel. The simple formula should be based on the COUNTIF function. This article looks at how we can highlight cells that begin with a particular text using the COUNTIF function.

*Figure 1: How to highlight cells that end with a certain text*

**General syntax of the formula**

**=COUNTIF (A1, “*text”)**

**Understanding the formula**

- To highlight cells that end with a particular text, we can apply conditional formatting together with a formula based on
**the COUNTIF function**. - Note that when applying conditional formatting together with a given formula, the formula is entered relative to the active cell.
- In our case in the example above, our selection is A2:B16, and the active cell among the selection is A2.

**How the formula works**

In our case above, the COUNTIF formula will count the number of cells that end with “ian” using a pattern “*ian”. The wildcart (*) is used to match any sequence of characters followed by “ian”.

With conditional formatting, we want a 1 or a zero. Since we are counting one cell at a time, we are sure of getting a 1 or zero for each cell within the range.

- Where we have 1, the rule is triggered and the formatting is applied. Where the result is 0, the rule is not triggered thus nothing happens to the cell.

**How to make the formula more flexible**

We can also make the formula more flexible by simply naming an input cell as a named range and then referring to it in the formula. The formula will thus look as below;

**=COUNTIF(B4, “*”&input)**

What this formula does is to add “*” to the beginning of what you put in the input cell. Whenever the value is changed, the conditional formatting will respond.

**Example**

* Figure 2: Example of how to highlight cells that end with “s”*

In this example, we want to highlight those cells that end with “s”.

To do this, we proceed as follows;

**Step 1:** Prepare your data in the excel sheet

**Step 2:** Format the cells with your preferred color

*Figure 3: How to apply conditional formatting *

**Step 3:** Press “Ok”

**Step 4:** Press “Apply” and “Ok” to apply the conditional formatting.

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