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Excel: How to conditional formatting cells that contain symbol

Conditional Formatting feature is used to highlight cells that contain specified characters, but for highlighting cells containing any symbol such as question mark (?), or exclamation point (!) as the below screenshot shows, the built-in feature cannot directly solve the problem. Here introduces a VBA code that handles this job.
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Note: the methods provided in this tutorial are tested in Excel 2021, there may be some different in different Excel verisions.


Conditonal formatting cells that contain symbol

1. Enable the worksheet that you want to highlight cells containing symbols, press Alt + F11 keys.

2. Then the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window pops up, click Insert > Module to insert a new blank module.

3. Copy and paste the below code to the new module.ula to the cells.

VBA: Conditional formatting cells contain symbol

Function NotABCOrNumber(mTxt As String) As Boolean
	'UpdatebyExtendoffice20220802
	Dim xStr As String
	xStr = "*[!A-Za-z0-9 ]*"
	On Error Resume Next
	NotABCOrNumber = mTxt Like xStr
	End Function

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4. Save the code and come back to the worksheet. Select the cells you want to apply the conditional formatting, click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule....
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5. In the New Formatting Rule dialog, click Use a formula to determine which cells to format, then type a formula =NotABCOrNumber(A2) into the textbox under Format values where this formula is true.
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6. Click Format button to go to the Format Cells dialog, specify the format as you need. Then Click OK > OK.
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Now the cells that contain symbols have been conditional formatted.

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