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How to highlight row if cell contains date in Excel?

In this tutorial, I introduce how to use Conditional Formatting function to auto highlight the row if the cell contains date in Excel.

Highlight row if cell contains date

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Highlight row if cell contains date

1. Firstly, you should know the date format code you need.

d-mmm-yy or dd-mmm-yy "D1"
d-mmm or dd-mmm "D2"
mmm-yy "D3"
m/d/yy or m/d/yy h:mm or mm/dd/yy "D4"
mm/dd "D5"
h:mm:ss AM/PM "D6"
h:mm AM/PM "D7"
h:mm:ss "D8"
h:mm "D9"

You can find the complete list of date codes in this article.

2. Select the ranges contain the rows you will highlight based on date cells, click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule.

3. In the New Formatting Rule dialog, choose Use a formula to determine which cells to format in Select a Rule Type section, then type formula =CELL("format",$C2)="D4" into Format values where this formula is true textbox.
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Note: In this case, I will highlight the rows if cells in column C contain dates in m/d/yyyy format. D4 is format code of m/d/yyyy.

4. Click Format, under Fill tab of Format Cells dialog, choose one background color for highlighting rows.
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5. Click OK > OK. Then relevant rows are highlighted if the cells in column C are in date format m/d/yyyy.
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