How to shade a cell based on another cell value in Excel?
Supposing you want to shade a cell (says A1) with a certain background color if cell B4 meets the criteria such as has a certain value or the value is greater or less than a specific number. What would you do? This article will show you the method.
You can do as follows to shade a cell based on another cell value in Excel.
1. Select the cell (says A1) you want to shade based on another cell value, then click Conditional Formatting > New Rule under the Home tab.
2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, you need to:
- 2.1 Select Use a formula to determine which cells to format option in the Select a Rule Type box;
- 2.2 If you want to shade cell A1 when value of B4 is greater than 500, then enter formula =$B4>500 into the Format values where this formula is true box;
Tips: if you want to shade cell A1 when B4 has a certain value such as “test”, the use this formula =$B4=“test”. You can change the variable in the formula based on your needs.
- 2.3 Click the Format button to specify a background color;
- 2.4 Click the OK button when it returns to the New Formatting Rule dialog box. See screenshot:
Then you can see the specified cell is shaded based on the value of another cell as below screenshot shown.
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