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How to highlight the odd or even months in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2023-06-02

Supposing, you have a table contains a list of dates, now, you would like to highlight the rows based on the odd or even months of the dates as below screenshot shown. How could you solve this task in Excel?


Highlight the odd or even months with Conditional Formatting

In Excel, the powerful Conditional Formatting feature can help you to achieve this task quickly and easily, please do as this:

1. Select the data range that you want to highlight the odd or even months, and then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:

2. In then popped out New Formatting Rule dialog box, do the following operations:

  • Click Use a formula to determine which cells to format from the Select a Rule Type list box;
  • Then, type this formula: =MOD(MONTH($D2),2) into the Format values where this formula is true text box;
  • Finally, click Format button.
Note: In the above formula, D2 is the cell that contains the date you want to highlight the rows based on. This formula uses to highlight the odd months.

3. In the Format Cells dialog box, under the Fill tab, select one color you like to fill the rows, see screenshot:

4. And then, click OK > OK to close the dialog boxes. And now, the rows contain the odd months are filled with the color you specified at once, see screenshot:

Tips: To highlight the rows based on even months, please apply this formula: =NOT(MOD(MONTH($D2),2)) into the New Formatting Rule dialog box.

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