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# Conditional Formatting if Text

Posted on 2013-01-17
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Hello Experts,

I am using this formula,...

=IF(COUNT(C17:E17)=3,"Bag Size: "&C17+1&"""W x "&D17+1&"""D x "&E17+D17+6&"""L","")

It's result, I think would be considered text - even though there are # values within the text.

Anyhow,... my goal is to apply conditional formatting to that cell - if a value is returned.

~ Geekamo
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The conditional formating looks at the value in the cell not the formula and so just use conditional formatting as per normal

http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/excel-help/quick-start-apply-conditional-formatting-HA010370614.aspx

Michael
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barry houdini earned 2000 total points
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If you want to distinguish between an actual value returned, e.g. like "Bag Size: 2"W x 3"D x 11"L" or "" (a blank) returned then you can't use ISTEXT function because "" (a blank) is regarded as text, too

Assuming formula in F17 you can use this formula in conditional formatting

=F17<>""

or you could also just use the condition from your formula, i.e.

=COUNT(C17:E17)=3

regards, barry
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Perfect, thank you!

~ Geekamo
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