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Copying Conditional Formatting in Excel 2010

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Supposedly, you can copy conditional formatting from row to row when using a formula as your conditional format, but I can't seem to get it to work without modifying my rules in every single row. I keep reading that you should be able to make some of your references relative and then copy down, but it's not working for me.  I have a sample attached.  

What I want to do is if the first cell in the row is blank, I want it to use a fill color to fill in Columns A through E.  If the first cell is NOT blank, then I want it to use a different fill color in Columns A through E.  So I want to set this formula in Row 1, and then copy it down several rows without having to modify the rules in each row.  But whenever I modify my conditional formatting to be relative for either the formula or the "Applies to" part, then the conditional formatting doesn't work right.  

Please let me know what I'm doing wrong.  Thanks.
CONDITIONAL-FORMATTING-ISSUE.xlsx
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Change the conditional formats to:

=$A1=""

and

=$A1<>""

(notice: I removed $ from before the 1)

and change the Applies to ranges to cover whole range of interest...

e.g.

=$A$1:$E$3

or =$A:$E  (if you want entire columns)
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Okay I did that, but now how do I copy this conditional formatting to my other rows?  Because when I copied the conditional formatting using the Format Painter, it changed the "Applies to" to the cells that I had selected to copy into.  So my "Applies to" changed from $A$1:$E$3 to $A$4:$A$17. It did not change relative to the row ($A$4:$E$4 and so on). I tried using Paste Special, Formatting, but that didn't work either.

Getting closer.
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I uploaded the edited file so you can see what it did when I copied the conditional formatting down.
CONDITIONAL-FORMATTING-ISSUE.xlsx
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Oh, I think I got it.  I had to highlight the cells in columns B through E when copying the conditional formatting.  I think it's working right now.  I'm going to test a little more just to make sure.
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Thanks for your help and such quick response.  It's working like a charm!!  Thanks again!!!
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