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# Conditional Formatting per row... but based on only SOME column values.

Posted on 2013-11-21
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Trying to highlight the min & max values per row.  Like the solution posted in
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_22692271.html  which uses
=A1=MAX(1:1)
=A1=MIN(1:1)

However, I only want to format PART of each row.  That is, my data doesn't start in A1 and doesn't contain all columns.

For example: In data below I only want the MIN and MAX highlighted for each row (starting with r18) AND only for values in cols E:I.

E             F              G              H             I               J
Row 17:   Team1     Team2      Team3     Team4    MyTeam   Avg Ht
Row 18:   46.8         66.0         30.8         36.6         30.0         108
Row 19:   18.2         20.0         15.4         14.6         45.0         115

I've tried several variations on the formula and just not finding it.
TIA.
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Question by:BHR
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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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You should select your whole range and then base the formulas on the top left cell. So for your example select something like E18:I100.

Now apply conditional formatting formula like this

=E18=MAX(\$E18:\$I18)

Note the \$ signs - you need those

....or to make sure you don't format empty rows you can amend to this version

AND(E18<>"",E18=MAX(\$E18:\$I18))

see attached

regards, barry
cf-example.xlsm
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ID: 39667224
Yes.. I see.   The trick (that I wasn't getting) was making the formula itself row specific, but then applying it to the entire range.  Nice tweak to skip empty rows.

Any thoughts on how to skip formatting on rows where all values (in cols E:I) are the same?
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ID: 39667247
What if the Max value is duplicated 2 or 3 times - the current formula will format all of those, is that OK? If you want that but you don't want the max value highlighted when they are all the same you could check for lower values, e.g.

=AND(E18=MAX(\$E18:\$I18),COUNTIF(\$E18:\$I18,"<"&E18)>0)

[you don't need to check blanks]

regards, barry
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ID: 39667586
Impressive.  I combined and tweaked it all a bit to create another conditional formatting for when ALL values are the same.

=AND(E18<>"",COUNTIF(\$E18:\$I18,"="&E18)=5)
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