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


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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