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How to highlight cell based on adjacent cell value in Excel?

If you need to highlight cell where adjacent cell is equal to or greater than it, of course, you can compare them one by one, but, are there any good and quick methods for solving the job in Excel?

Highlight cells if equal to adjacent cells

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Highlight cells if greater or less than adjacent cells


Highlight cells if equal to adjacent cells

Let’s say, when you want to highlight the cell if adjacent cell is equal to it, the Conditional Formatting feature can do you a favor, please do as follows:

1. Select the cells that you want to highlight cells if they are equal to adjacent cells, and then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:

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2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, click Use a formula to determine which cells to format in the Select a Rule Type list box, and then enter this formula: =$A2=$B2 into the Format value where this formula is true text box, see screenshot:

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3. Then click Format button to go to the Format Cells dialog, under the Fill tab, please specify a color you like to use, see screenshot:

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4. And then click OK > OK to close the dialogs, and the cells which are equal to the adjacent cells have been highlighted at once, see screenshot:

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Highlight cells if equal or not equal to adjacent cells with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, with its Compare Cells utility, you can quickly compare two columns and find or highlight the same or different values for each row.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Click Kutools > Compare Cells, see screenshot:

2. In the Compare Cells dialog box, please do the following operations:

  • (1.) Select the two columns from the Find values in and According to text box separately;
  • (2.) Choose Same cells to select the cells equal to adjacent cell;
  • (3.) At last, please specify a cell color or font color you need to highlight the cells.
  • (4.) And all cells which equal to adjacent cells have been highlighted at once.

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3. To highlight the cells which not equal to adjacent cell values, please choose Different cells in the Compare Cells dialog box, and you will get the following result as you need.

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Highlight cells if greater or less than adjacent cells

To highlight the cells if greater or less than adjacent cells, please do as this:

1. Select the cells that you want to use, and then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, in the New Formatting Rule dialog box, do the following operations:

(1.) Click Use a formula to determine which cells to format from the Select a Rule Type list box;

(2.) Enter this formula: =$A2>$B2 (greater than adjacent cell) or =$A2<$B2 (less than adjacent cell) into the Format values where this formula is true text box.

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2. Then click Format button to go to the Format Cells dialog box, and choose a color to highlight the cells you want under the Fill tab, see screenshot:

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3. Then click OK > OK buttons to close the dialogs, and now, you can see the cells in column A which are greater than adjacent cells have been highlighted as you need.

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Good afternoon. There is a table where the column has values​: text and data for it. I only need to create a new table with Name 1.
How to do this?
Thank you.

Name 1 (text)
3
7
2
Name 2 (text)
2
14
3
Name 3 (text)
40
1
7
Name 1 (text)
1
7
Name 2 (text)
7
5
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I hope the translator will not let me down.
I have a large table with data in the column:
Name 1 (text)
1
2
3
..
Name 2 (text)
1
2
3
..
Name 3 (text)...
from this table, I need to extract the data between Name 1 and Name 2, they are repeated several thousand times. How do I highlight data between text cells/rows?
Please help.
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Добрый день. Помогите, пожалуйста! С помощью Условного форматирования можно выделить цветом ячейки с цифрами Между, например между 5 и 7 выделится ячейка с цифрой 6. А как сделать то же самое с текстом?
Например чтоб в столбце между ячейками с текстом Имя и Город рождения выделились все ячейки с любыми значениями.
Заранее спасибо
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Hello,
Sorry, I can't understand you clearly, could you explain your problem in English detailedly?
Thank you!
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I hope the translator will not let me down.
I have a large table with data in the column:
Name 1 (text)
1
2
3
..
Name 2 (text)
1
2
3
..
Name 3 (text)...
from this table, I need to extract the data between Name 1 and Name 2, they are repeated several thousand times. How do I highlight data between text cells/rows?
Please help.
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I have a worksheet with many rows and columns.

The columns are dates, and the row is numbers,

I want to highlight cells that are either greater than or less than the cell on its left, for the entire workbook.
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need help with creating a formula. I have a spreadsheet that has a list of names in one column(s) (for example, column's A and C and in the column beside it (columns's B and D) they have a "x" in the cell if they meet certain criteria. I want to be able highlight all the cells in columns A and C that have a X beside them.

Thanks for any and all help.

~Ramy Jo
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Hello, Ramy,
To solve your problem, please select the column A first, and then use this formula: =$B2="x" into the Conditional Formatting, you will higlight the corresponding cells for column A, see screenshot:
https://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/comments/comment-skyyang/doc-highlight-cells-1.png

After highlighting the cells in column A, go on apply this formula:=$D2="x" to highlight the cells in column C.
Please try, hope it can help you!
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