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I run a fitness bootcamp and am trying to send out docs that show how many classes a member has attended.  I have an Excel spreadsheet with two sheets:
1. showing the calendar.  Each cell contains that date.
2. a sheet showing student name (col.a) and attendance date (col. b)

I have drop down box that will select a student.  I'd like to then use a conditional formatting to color all dates of attendance by looking for the student's name, then pulling an array of all the attendance dates..then checking for the date.

Can someone help me with that formula, please?
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Question by:BBlu
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I created named ranges
StudentAttendance for the two column list containing student name and attendance date
Students for the names of students
Months for the names of months

I created a calendar in cells B3:H8.

I put data validation dropdowns for student in A2 and month in B1.

I could then use this Conditional Formatting formula in B3:H8:
=COUNTIFS(INDEX(StudentAttendance,,1),$A$2,INDEX(StudentAttendance,,2),B3)

I've attached a sample file so you can see how it works. The calendar part isn't working to my satisfaction, however.
StudentAttendanceQ28377974.xlsx
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Thanks, byundt.  I remember you.  I've been off for a while.  I left the corporate world to pursue my passion in fitness..  But still have a little Finance nerd in me, I must admit. LOL.  

Let me give that a try.
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I've got the calendar to work correctly now.
StudentAttendanceQ28377974x.xlsx
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If you are using Excel 2003, you'll need the Analysis ToolPak for the EOMONTH function used in the calendar. Excel 2007 and later include it automatically.

The COUNTIFS function used in the conditional formatting criteria requires Excel 2007 or later. I can write a SUMPRODUCT equivalent if required for Excel 2003.
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Thanks, byundt.  You saved the day!
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