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How to highlight/conditional formatting dates older than 30 days in Excel?

If you have a range of date data as below screenshot shown, and you want to highlight the date cells older than 30 days since now, would you highlight them one by one manually? Now I will tell you a quick way to highlight dates older than 30 days with Conditional Formatting feature in Excel.

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Highlight dates older than 30 days

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With Excel’s Conditional Formatting function, you can quickly highlight dates older than 30 days.

1. Select the dates data and click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule. See screenshot:

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2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog, select Use a formula to determine which cells to format from Select a Rule Type list, and type this formula =L1<TODAY()-30 into Format values where this formula is true text box. See screenshot:

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Tip: in the above formula, L1 indicates the first cell of your data range, and 30 indicates older than 30 days, you can change them as your need.

3. Then click Format to go to the Format Cells dialog, and click Fill tab, then select the color you need to highlight the cells. See screenshot:

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4. Click OK > OK to close dialogs. Now the dates older than 30 day since today are highlighted.

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Tip: If the data in the range is changed, the highlighting is changed, too.


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    Tagoria · 3 months ago
    It doesn't work well, only the cell L1 is formated and no other one. Only the cell L1 is marked with an other backround color. Pleas add also when and which cells should be marked before clicking on "new rule."
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    Abhishek · 7 months ago
    The issue with less than 30 days is, it is even high

    lighting blank cells.
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    Delmar Penner · 9 months ago
    Hi there, I've searched far and low and have not yet found the specific formatting that I'm looking for. I would like to be able to have a list of all the 5th Sundays in the month, per specific year(There are always 4 months that have 5 Sundays every year).

    So since I don't know how to do that, I have a function that looks at dates (Jan - Dec of a year) and finds the first Sunday of the month, then adds 4 weeks to that, which would give me the 5th Sunday of the month.

    =DATE(YEAR(A2),MONTH(A2),1+((5-(1>=WEEKDAY(DATE(YEAR(A2),MONTH(A2),1))))*7)+(1-WEEKDAY(DATE(YEAR(A2),MONTH(A2),1))))

    So some months the resulting dates actually show up in the next month - well all of the ones that don't have 5 Sundays.
    So now I was thinking if I could at least have conditional formatting where the "DAY" value in the date is above a certain number, then I could at least easily highlight the ones that have 5 Sundays. But I have not been able to figure it out. Can someone help me with that? It seems to me it should be simple to have a conditional formatting that highlights all the days that are after the middle of the month, regardless of which month or year it is.
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    Pam · 1 years ago
    I am using the Highlighting function with dates greater than 90 days, but then I have a completed date that I would like to use that will remove the highlight when a date is added to this cell. Example Due Date - Highlighted Cell - Completed Date. Is there a formula that will do this?
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    Allan · 1 years ago
    Is it possible to compare 2 dates like; (first date > (second date+5)), and condition a cell colour based on the result?
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      Pratap · 1 years ago
      Yes, you just need to compare the cells $n$m>,<,=$o$p


      Let me know if it works or else, I will provide you another video


      Reach me out kunwar.spratap@gmail.com
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    Erica · 1 years ago
    I got the above down but what if I only wanted to count weekdays? No weekends or holidays.
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    Diana · 1 years ago
    What about highlighting cells if there is an "open" item vs. "closed" and it is greater than a "x" days?
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    kreemz · 1 years ago
    It works - thanks a lot
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    CS · 2 years ago
    using TODAY is not going to work. I need to highlight annual dates from specific dates. For example, my employees take training at various dates. I need to highlight red cells that are 365 days from their specific date. I have tried DAY, but that doesn't work and EDATE is not effective as far as I can tell for my needs. It is probably a super simple formula but I can't find it.
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    Sarah J · 2 years ago
    I need a formula that does red if greater than 30 days but yellow if less than 30 but greater than 20 days.....help!
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    RandyM · 2 years ago
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have been searching for a formula to make searching our training database easier to determine who is in need of training. Some of our classes are to be taken every-other-year and some are required annually. I just simply changed the formula to
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    Avri · 2 years ago
    =(IF(ISBLANK(C2),99999,C2))
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    Anna · 2 years ago
    Doesn't work for me. It highlights some cells but not others -- even cells with the same date in them had some highlighted and others not. I have not found one simple way to highlight all dates OLDER than 6 months. So many sites offer a way to do it, but not one of them have worked for me. I'm relatively advanced in Excel so this is frustrating. This should be easy!!
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    Brandon · 3 years ago
    I have done this rule as instructed and it worked almost perfect. The last cell in my column, though, also highlights as red as if it older than the age specified even though it is not. When I enter a new value underneath that most recent cell, it turns back to white as it should but then the cell I just entered turns red (new most recent value). How do I prevent this?
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    prashant johari · 3 years ago
    how to put the condition to colour the cell if amount is greater than 30 and less than 61