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How to change font color based on cell value in Excel?

Have you ever imaged that change font color based on cell value in Excel? Take instance, when the data is negative, you may want the data font color is red, or you need the data is black. Here I introduce some convenient ways to help you save time to change font color by cell value in Excel.

Change font color based on cell value with Conditional Formatting

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In Excel, the Conditional Formatting can do a favor on the changing font color by cell.

(1) Change font color if negative/positive

If you want to change font color if cell values are negative or positive, you can do as below:

1. Select the cell values, and click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the New Formatting Rule dialog, select Format only cells that contain in the Select a Rule Type: section, and if you want to change font color if cell value is negative, you can choose Cell Value from first list and choose less than from the middle list, and then type 0 into the right text box. See screenshot:

Tip: If you want to change the positive values’ font color, just select Greater than from middle list.

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3. Click Format to go to Format Cells dialog, then under the Font tab, select one color you want from the Color list. See screenshot:

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4. Click OK > OK to close dialogs. Now all negative values are changed the font color to red.

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(2) Change font color if greater than/less than

If you want to change font color when the values are greater than or less than a specific value, you can do as these:

1. Select the cell values, and click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule.

2. Then in the New Formatting Rule dialog, select Format only cells that contain in the Select a Rule Type: section, choose Cell value from first list and greater than from the middle list, and then type the specific value into the right text box. See screenshot:

Tip: If you want to change font color when the cell values are less than a specific value, just choose less than from middle list.

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3. Click Format to go to Format Cells dialog, then under the Font tab, select one color you want from the Color list. Then click OK > OK to close dialogs. All the values greater than 50 have been change font color to orange.

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(3) Change font color if contain

If you want to change font color if the cell values contain a specific text, for example, change the font color if the cell value contains KTE, you can do as these:

1. Select the cell values, and click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule.

2. Then in the New Formatting Rule dialog, select Format only cells that contain in the Select a Rule Type: section, choose Specific Text from first list and Containing from the middle list, and then type the specific text into the right text box. See screenshot:

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3. Click Format to go to Format Cells dialog, then under the Font tab, select one color you want from the Color list. Then click OK > OK to close dialogs. All the cells containing KTE have been change font color to the specified color.

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1. Select the cells you want to work with, and click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells. See screenshot:

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2. In the Select Specific Cells dialog, check Cell option under Selection type, and select Contains under Specific type, then type the specific text into text box

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3. Click Ok > OK to close dialogs.

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4. Then all cells containing KTE have been selected, and go to Home > Font Color to select the font color you want.

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Note:

1. With Kutools for Excel’s Select Specific Cells utility, you also can select cells meet below criterion:

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2. Also, you can select cells meeting two criteria. Select first criterion from first drop down list, then select second criterion from second drop down list, and if you want to select cells meeting two criteria simultaneously, check And option, if you want to select cells meeting one of the two criteria, check Or option.

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    faizal.ali · 1 years ago
    Hi,

    is there any way to make value as per cell color Example cell red color = 10
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Sorry, I did not get your question, could you describe more details?
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    Neil Curtis · 1 years ago
    Needed to change the colour of the font based on if the number had gone up or down from its start point. Search Google, found your post and it answered my question immediately. Huge thanks and great work. Neil
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    Jabir · 2 years ago
    Can anyone tell me if this is something I feel wrong. I have the same scenario with texts in many cells. And when the conditional formatting was applied, yes the colors are showing up right. But I find a problem that the fonts get defaulted to Calibri, the font alignment becomes Left Aligned.

    Is this a general Excel issue or am I not doing this the proper way?
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      Thanks for your message, but your problem has never appeared in my way.
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    Danae · 2 years ago
    Thanks! I'm a teacher and this was really usefull!
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    Jaime · 3 years ago
    This site is completely worthless. I have a Mac and my Excel does not have anything like the fields above.
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      AppleSux · 2 years ago
      This is good information. Your mistake was buying a Mac - they just don't work. I'm using Office 2013 on Win8.1 x64 and it's just fine.
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      sam · 2 years ago
      hey crooked, u got to install kutools to get these features. otherwise use conventional way of using conditional formatting