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I need to highlight the whole row in a table when a cell in a column (say column G) has an entry in it.

Any ideas?

Thank you in advance.
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by:barry houdini
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any entry?

The trick is to use $ in front of the column reference, e.g. if your table is in A2:J20 then select that whole range and then use the formula that would apply to the first row,

=$G2<>""

that;s for any entry. For s specific value like 2 or "x" change to

=$G2-"x"

or

=$G2=2

regards, barry
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by:jppinto
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See attached example

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by:Farah Mohammed
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Tried all your advices, but what am I doing wrong (see attached)?
Book1.xlsx
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by:jppinto
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You're not applying to the entire range! See image. That's what you need to put.

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This is what you had...
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by:Farah Mohammed
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That kind of worked over the rows... but I show some highlighted and some not and some are highlighted wrongly. All I did was change the range it applied to.

Thank you for your patience....
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See attachements...it's OK now?
Book1-2-.xlsx
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by:Farah Mohammed
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I copied your "formulas" above (see attached pic) but it still shows the same.... highlighting some and not highlighting others, etc.... (like the spreadsheet I sent earlier, which is the exact copy of the spreadsheet I use).


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by:barry houdini
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Do you need condition 2? That appears to have an error in it - perhaps you should delete that altogether.

The essential rule for your other condition - the formula should refer to the first row of the range, so if the range starts at row 5 (as it does) then the formula should refer to G5.......alternatively if the formula refers to G2 (as it does) then the range should start at row 2

regards, barry
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by:Farah Mohammed
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Barry - you are right. I realised where my error was.
jppinto - I realised what you were showing me. Thank you so much for your patience in walking this through with me.
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by:SANTABABY
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squirrelzan,
When I opened(in excel 2003) your latest worksheet, the conditional format formuale appeared to be incorrect. Please see the attached file:

Xl0000018.xls
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