Excel 2007, conditional formatting cells based on if function

I'd like to know how to lay out the formula, if it's even possible, to use cond formatting to change the appearance of one set of cells based on the contents of another set of cells.

Using example spreadsheet, I want to recolor the cells to the right of the black line a different color, or bold them (doesn't matter how it's represented) based on whether the cells to the left of the black line are 0 or -1 (true or false result from exported DB query).

Thanks, Laura example-for-cond-formatting-1117.xlsx
Laura SheldonAsked:
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Patrick MatthewsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes.

1) Select c2:av149

2) Go to Manage Rules under Conditional Formatting

3) Add a rule using the formula =$A2=0 and choose your formatting

4) Add another rule using the formula =$A2=-1 and choose your formatting

Note the usage of the $ to fix an absolute reference.  This is critical :)
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StephenJRCommented:
Highlight from C2 all your data, then CF - formula =$A2=0 and select your formatting
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Patrick MatthewsCommented:
slow fingers :)
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spattewarCommented:
I have attached the modified file. check it.

I first applied the format to all the rows and then removed it from the first column.

Check the conditional formatting rules under conditional formatting menu under the home section.
example-for-cond-formatting-1117.xlsx
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StephenJRConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have to add a new rule for =$A2=-1 for the other values. See attachment - apologies for nasty colours.
example-for-cond-formatting-1117.xlsx
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StephenJRCommented:
Patrick - if you work out words per minute you were probably quicker than me ...
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GlobaLevelCommented:
These guys, including MatthewPatricks are the super experts...and I know you want a formula..but I can only offer vba...so if it helps...

If cell A1 id = -1 then it will search that row for a value and change to bkgrnd color to orange...otherwise next row and so on..if A1 = 0 ..then move on..
Function change_cells()

Dim i As Long
i = 1

For i = 1 To 65000 ' U

If Cells(i, "A").Value <> "" Then 'p
' IF -1 THEN WE ARE IN THE RED!!
If Cells(i, "A").Value = "-1" Then 'o


'FORMAT THE CELLS THAT SHOULD BE RED...
If Cells(i, "C").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "C").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'--
If Cells(i, "D").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "D").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'--
If Cells(i, "E").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "E").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'--
If Cells(i, "F").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "F").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'--
If Cells(i, "G").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "G").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "H").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "H").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "I").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "I").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "J").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "J").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "K").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "K").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "L").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "L").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "M").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "M").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "N").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "N").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "O").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "O").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "P").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "P").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "Q").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "Q").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "R").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "R").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "S").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "S").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "T").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "T").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "U").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "U").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "V").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "V").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "W").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "W").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "X").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "X").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "Y").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "Y").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "Z").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "Z").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AA").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AA").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AB").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AB").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AC").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AC").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AD").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AD").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AE").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AE").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AF").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AF").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AG").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AG").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AH").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AH").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AI").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AI").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AJ").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AJ").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AK").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AK").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AL").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AL").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If

'-
If Cells(i, "AM").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AM").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AN").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AN").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AO").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AO").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AP").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AP").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AQ").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AQ").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AR").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AR").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AS").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AS").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AT").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AT").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If
'-
If Cells(i, "AU").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AU").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If

'-
If Cells(i, "AV").Value <> "" Then
  Cells(i, "AV").Interior.ColorIndex = 45
Else: End If


Else 'O

End If 'O

Else 'P
  Exit For
End If 'P



Next ' U

MsgBox "Task Complete", vbOKOnly



End Function

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GlobaLevelCommented:
sorry ....MatthewsPatrick
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Laura SheldonAuthor Commented:
GlobaLevel: I'll give that a try in something else I'm trying I'm hoping it might work, but thanks for the input!
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Laura SheldonAuthor Commented:
Y'all are the best! Thanks for the help!
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