Solved

MS Excel Conditional Formatting - Ignore "-"

Posted on 2012-03-12
4
359 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-14
I'm using conditional formatting in Excel 2010 to identify values in a table greater than a certain value.  Unfortunately, the table has a dash ('-') in each cell where there is no value and for some reason this meets the criteria so the cell is shaded along with the cells that have the relevant value. Can anyone suggest a way around this?
If it involves using multi-criteria, can you tell me how to set up this as cant see how to do so in Excel 2010 (used to be able to do this in Excel 2003).
Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:gh_user
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:reitzen
ID: 37713350
Can you use ">=" and use the value .0000001 or whatever the minimum value might be?

This would eliminate the zero, as represented by the "-" in the number format.
0
 
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

by:
Rory Archibald earned 400 total points
ID: 37714006
You need to use the 'use a formula to determine which cells to format' option, and then use a formula like:
=AND(ISNUMBER(A1),A1>50)
where A1 is the active cell, and 50 is whatever your threshold number is.

HTH
Rory
0
 

Author Comment

by:gh_user
ID: 37717546
Thanks Rorya.  How should formula be written so it works for multiple cells...ie I have cells within 4 columns and 300 rows that I want to highlight if their value is greater than 50.
0
 
LVL 85

Expert Comment

by:Rory Archibald
ID: 37717730
Select all the cells and use that formula but replace A1 with whatever is the active cell. Note the A1 is relative - i.e. no $ signs anywhere.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Do you use a spreadsheet like Microsoft's Excel?  Have you ever wanted to link out to a non excel file on your computer or network drive?  This is the way I found to do it!
This article describes a serious pitfall that can happen when deleting shapes using VBA.
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates how to create Excel charts: column, area, line, bar, and scatter charts. Formatting tips are provided as well.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Microsoft Excel how to add style and sexy appeal to horizontal bar charts.

617 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question