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How to highlight precedent or dependent cells in Excel?

When creating formulas in Excel, it’s common to refer cells within formulas. But do you know how to quickly find out and highlight the precedent or dependent cells of formulas? This article will show you an easy way!

Highlight precedent or dependent cells in Excel


Highlight precedent or dependent cells in Excel

To highlight all precedent or dependent cells in the specified range, please do as follows:

1. Select the specified range you will highlight all precedent or dependent cells, and press F5 key to open the Go To dialog box.

2. In the Go To dialog box, please click the Special button. See screenshot:

3. In the Go To Special dialog box, please check the Precedents option, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. Now all precedent cells are selected. Please go ahead to click Home > Fill Color, and then select a fill color from the drop-down list. See screenshot:

Now all precedent cells in the selection are highlighted manually. See screenshot:

Note: If you need to highlight all dependent cells, please check the Dependents option and click the OK button in the Go To Special dialog box. See screenshot:

Go ahead to choose a fill color, and you will see all dependent cells are highlighted in the selection. See screenshot:

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Thanks for this topic. Could it be possible to highlight precedents from another sheet as well ? Thank you fro your help.
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