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Creating conditional formatting formulas
Figure 9-31 Use the last rule type in the list to create your own conditional formatting formulas.
You can create formulas to perform tasks such as identifying dates that fall on specific days
of the week, specifying particular values, or doing anything you can’t quite accomplish
using the built-in conditional formatting tools. For example, using our worksheet example,
we typed the following formula in the Format Values Where This Formula Is True text box in
the New Formatting Rule dialog box:
Then we clicked the Format button and selected a color on the Fill tab. The formula
applies the selected ill color to any cell that generates an error value. (The cell
reference B4 is the relative reference of the upper-left cell of the range to which the format is
applied.) When you use this technique, you can type any formula that results in the
logical values TRUE (1) or FALSE (0). For example, you could use a logical formula such as
=N4>AVERAGE($N$4:$N$37), which combines relative and absolute references to apply
formatting to a cell when the value it contains is less than the average of the specified
range. When you use relative references in this situation, the formatting formulas adjust in
each cell where you apply or copy them, just as regular cell formulas do.
For more information, see “Using cell references in formulas” in Chapter 12 and “Understand-
ing logical functions” in Chapter 14, “Everyday functions.” Also, see other topics in Chapter 14
and Chapter 15, “Formatting and calculating date and time.”
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