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How to change conditional formatting icon set color in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-06-01

While you using the conditional formatting icon set in Excel, there is three colors icon. If the relative value is bigger than 67% of all values, the icon showed as up arrow with green, if the value is bigger than 33% but less than 67% of all values, the icon showed as horizontal arrow with yellow, if the value is smaller than 33% of all values, the icon showed as down arrow with red. Have you ever tried to change these icons set colors as below screenshots shown?

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Change conditional formatting icon set


Change conditional formatting icon set

Actually, there is no way that can change the conditional formatting icon set, but I can introduce a way to insert some similar icons with different colors as you need.

1. Select a blank cell beside the data list, for instance, F2, type 67%, then in the below cells, type 33% and 0%. See screenshot:
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2. Then type =PERCENTILE($C$1:$C$8,F2) into G2 to calculate the value line above 67%. C1:C8 is the value list, F2 is the 67%., then drag fill handle down to calculate evert value line. See screenshot:
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3. Then in H2, click Insert > Symbol, and in the Symbol dialog, select Wingdings 3 from the Font drop-down list, and then insert a type of up arrow and click Insert to insert it. See screenshots:

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4. Then repeat above step to select horizontal arrow and down arrow to insert them into cell H3 and cell H4.
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5. Then in the column in front of value list, B1, type this formula =IF(C1="","",IF(C1>=$G$2,$H$2,IF(C1>=$G$3,$H$3,$H$4))), then drag fill handle down to the cells you use. See screenshot:

Tip: C1 is the value you use, G2 is the 67% value line, H2 is the arrow you want to show while the values are above 67%, G3 is the 33% value line, H3 is the arrow showed while values are above 33% but below 67%, and G4 is the value below 33% and H4 is the arrow showed when values are below 33%.
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6. Then format font of these cells as Wingdings 3. See screenshot:
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7. Continue to click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule to format the arrows’ colors as you need. See screenshot:
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8. In the New Formatting Rule dialog, click Use a formula to determine which cells to format in Select a Rule Type section, and type =$C1>$G$2 into the Format values where this formula is true. Click Format button to open Format Cells dialog, under Font tab, select a font color you use. See screenshot:
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Tip: C1 is the first value you use, G2 is the 67% value you have calculated.

9. Click OK > OK, and the up arrows have been formatted with red color.
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10. Repeat above two steps to format the horizontal / down arrows with other colors.

Format horizontal arrows with this formula =AND($C1<$G$2, $C1>$G$3)

Format down arrows with this formula=$C1<$G$3

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11. Then format the font color of arrows to another color by Font Color under Home tab. See screenshot:
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Now the icon set colors have been designed.

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