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Posted on 2011-02-18
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Hi Experts,

I've added a conditional format to a range of cells. It appear simple but its not working.

Basically, I've created a condition that states if values in column Q are equal to the values in column D then highlight cell blue.

As you'll see from the sample, in the first row I have D2 at 16.65 which is the same value as that of Q2, but the cell isn't highlighted.

Can someone explain why?

Cheers

Carlton
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jppinto earned 250 total points
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That because the REAL value of the cell Q2 is not 16,65, it's 16,647! There is a diference between the real value and the displayed value. If you increase the number of decimals, in column Q you will see the real values.

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by:jppinto
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I've putted on cell Q2, the value of 16,65. As you can see on the attached image, the conditional formatting is working.

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by:barry houdini
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If you format D2 to show 10 decimal places it looks like this

16.6500000000

but Q2 blooks like this

16.6465502959

so the two aren't the same (conditional formatting looks at the underlying value not the displayed value).

You could try using a formula with ROUND, e.g. select Q2:Q112 and apply this formula in conditional formatting

=ROUND(Q2,2)=D2

regards, barry
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by:barry houdini
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...or another option would be to change the worksheet formula in Q2 and down, e.g. change to this

=ROUND(Y2/M2,2)

regards, barry
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by:cpatte7372
ID: 34925785
Barry,

I'm going with your second option.

Going to test it out later when the markets open. If all goes well I'll close it.

Cheers

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by:barry houdini
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OK, If you are keeping the existing formatting I note that you have

"Cell value is equal to " =$D$2

with the $ signs that means that this won't adjust by row so you are comparing all of the Q2:Q112 values against D2, if you want to compare Q3 against D3, Q4 against D4 etc. then remove the $ signs, i.e. use

"Cell value is equal to " =D2

regards, barry


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by:cpatte7372
ID: 34927106
ohhhhhhhh, I see.

And one other thing.

If a value in column D was say 17.5123 and the value in column Q was 17.51 due rounding it up with =ROUND(Y2/M2,2)  would I get a match?

Cheers
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by:cpatte7372
ID: 34927250
So Barry,

Looking at the attached sample will I get a match?

Cheers
Trade-Day-sample.xlsm
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by:cpatte7372
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Barry,

I very clever expert called Brian wrote the following to alert me when a condition occurred.

Would you know how to apply it to this situation?

Option Explicit

Private Sub Worksheet_Calculate()
Dim xCell As Range
Dim xLastRow As Long
Dim xValue As Variant

xLastRow = ActiveSheet.Range("A1").SpecialCells(xlLastCell).Row

If xLastRow < 2 Then Exit Sub

For Each xCell In Range("O2:O" & xLastRow)
    xValue = xCell.Value
    If Not IsError(xValue) Then
        If xValue <> "" And xValue < 0.0002 Then
            Beep
            Cells(1, 15).Interior.Color = 255
            Exit Sub
        End If
    End If
Next

Cells(1, 15).Interior.Color = 65535

End Sub



Brian/Fernando I'm going close the other request as I'm happy with just the conditional formatting. If you see this can you help me out?

Cheers

Carlton
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by:cpatte7372
ID: 34927461
Basically, I would like the formula the Brian wrote applied to the conditional formatting in the sample.

Cheers gentlemen
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by:cpatte7372
ID: 34927554
Experts,

Don't want to appear rude or impatient, but if you do get a moment to help please do, as the best time to test any resolutions is while the stock markets are open.

Cheers
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by:redmondb
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cpatte7372,

I appreciate the kind words, but you're asking a new question. Could I suggest you close this one, allocate the points to the expert(s) involved and open a new one? (This really isn't a fishing expedition for potentially more points for me as you know my unresolved concerns about your external application!)

Cheers,
Brian.
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by:cpatte7372
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Thanks
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by:jppinto
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cpatte7372, please allow me to disagree with the points assignment!

I was the first to post an explanation of what was the problem that you had with your conditional formatting and you didn't even gave me an "assist" on my answers?!

Please explain...

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by:modus_operandi
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cpatte7372,
 
I have reopened your question and started the process of closing it with a split amongst two or more Experts, as that outcome seems more equitable than your original disposition.
 
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