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How to highlight weekends and holidays in Excel?

If you have a data table with daily records, sometimes, you may want to highlight the weekends (including Saturdays and Sundays) and holidays from the list of dates. In this case, the Conditional Formatting feature in Excel can help you to finish this job without any calculation.

Highlight weekends and holidays with Conditional Formatting

You can apply the Conditional Formatting to create a rule for highlighting the weekends and holidays, please follow these steps:

1. Select the data range that you want to highlight the rows with weekends and holidays.

2. Then, click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:

3. In the popped out New Formatting Rule dialog box:

  • Click Use a formula to determine which cells to format from the Select a Rule Type list box;
  • Type this formula: =NETWORKDAYS($A2,$A2,$F$2:$F$6)=0 into the Format values where this formula is true textbox;
  • And then, click Format button.
Note: In the above formula, A2 is the first cell of your data range, F2:F6 is the list of holiday dates, please change them to your needs.

4. In the opened Format Cells dialog box, under the Fill tab, specify a color for highlighting the rows, see screenshot:

5. Then, click OK > OK to close the dialogs, and now, the rows contain the weekends and holidays are shaded at once, see screenshot:

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