# excel - apply text color in IF statement

Hello Experts
I am commuting some values in Excel using quite a few IF statements, I want to apply different colors to the text to highlight the affected columns.
Please can someone advise how can I set text color using Formula in Excel?
Thanks
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Commented:
Hi,

In your file the formula you have

=(B2=0)+(OFFSET(ProdRange,ROW(B2)-2,COLUMN(B2)-2,1,1)=0)+(OFFSET(InventoryRange,ROW(B2)-2,COLUMN(B2)-2,1,1)=0)

but instead of B2 you have B3

that's the problem

select all the cells and delete the conditional formatting by deleting the rule

then retry by selecting the cell B2

end enter the formula

and then select the range it will be applied to

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Kopie-von-stock-zero-coz-oos-or-.xlsx
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Commented:
Hi,

Could you sample of what you want to do?

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Finance AnalystCommented:
You can't actually affect the font colour using the formula within the cell but you can use Conditional Formatting (CF) to affect the font colour of a cell. The conditions in the CF can be formula driven.

Thanks
Rob H
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Author Commented:
Hello both, thanks for your input

I have this formula in place, if the condition satisfies then I want to set the AVERAGE in RED.

IF(inventory!RC=0,AVERAGE(inventory!RC2:RC13),0)

Thanks
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Finance AnalystCommented:
I assume this is the formula in the cell.

For one, it does not make sense. The "Inventory!RC=0" is missing a row number. What are you tring to achieve with the formula.

What condition do you need to be satisfied for font to go Red? Equal to zero or not equal to zero?

Thanks
Rob H
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Commented:
Hi,

if you want to change in red the text appearing where this formula iss
``````IF(inventory!RC=0,AVERAGE(inventory!RC2:RC13),0)
``````

Use This formula in the Conditional Formatting ( In Start Conditional Formatting / New Rule / Formula ...)

``````IF(inventory!RC=0,1,0)
``````
and use the format you need

like in the example

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EE20140416.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi,
Please check the report sheet, I am checking the values from the previous 2 sheets and writing down the Average if the Sheet2 cell=0
I have marked one of the value to RED manually, I want to apply the RED font using the formula.
thanks
stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-exampl.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi Rob
I want to check if RC not equal to zero   OR if its null, then I want the font to go RED.
Thanks
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Commented:
HI,

Is that what you are looking for?
EDITED

Version2
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stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-V2.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi Rgonzo1971
Thanks for the attachment, am sorry but cannot see your changes? Please can you let me know what did you change or please upload the file again.
Many thanks
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Finance AnalystCommented:
Apologies about the RC comment earlier, hadn't realised you were using R1C1 style references.

I will take a look at the Conditional Formatting.
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Commented:
Before seeing your comment  if RC is equal to zero

Now on the report sheet the value is equal to zero and the one where there is zero in the inventory sheet are in red
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Author Commented:
still dont see the changes  Rgonzo1971 - please see the screenshot...

am i missing something?
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Finance AnalystCommented:
I have downloaded Rgonzo's file and I see the Conditional Formatting applied.

Slight change suggested for formula in CF, it doesn't need to be enclosed in an IF statement; it can just be:

=OR(RC=0,inventory!RC=0)

CF looks for a True or False result, 1 = True and 0 = False in your IF statement but as the OR statement gives a True or False anyway, the IF isn't required.

Do you also need to make Red if Sales History is zero?

Thanks
Rob H
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Commented:
I forgot Excel does not translate formulas in the conditional formatting ( I have another Language version)

pls try this

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stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-V3.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi Rob

>>Do you also need to make Red if Sales History is zero?

not sure why I am unable to see the changes you are sending Rgonzo1971
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Commented:
Now the CF with no function

=(RC=0)+(inventory!RC=0)

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stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-V4.xlsx
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Commented:
New formula

Taking account if Sales History is zero

=(B2=0)+(inventory!B2=0)+('prod-sales-history'!B2=0)

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stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-V5.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi Rgonzo1971
Please can you write down your steps ... I mean how can I reproduce the results you are explaining.

I cannot see anything under Condtional Formatting ->Manage rules ??
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Commented:
Hi,

At best you select the Cell B2 in the report sheet

Then goto Home / Styles / Conditional Formatting / Manage Rules / Add (in this case Edit) Rule / Use a Formula...

Place the formula in the Textbox Click Format to see what is the applied format to the condition

Regards
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Author Commented:
Hi Rgonzo
Thanks again, when I followed the steps mentioned above, I am getting an error, attached.
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Commented:
Hi,

I forgot you have XL2007 it means you cannot use in a formula a different worksheet but

there is a workaround with Named Ranges

I created ProdRange and InventoryRange by going to Formulas Defined Names Define Name

Refers to ='prod-sales-history'!\$B\$2:\$M\$5 & =inventory!\$B\$2:\$M\$5  respectively

then used

this formula in the Conditional Formatting

=(B2=0)+(OFFSET(ProdRange,ROW(B2)-2,COLUMN(B2)-2,1,1)=0)+(OFFSET(InventoryRange,ROW(B2)-2,COLUMN(B2)-2,1,1)=0)

see above to insert it

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stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-V6.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Thank you again for your help, really appreciate it.
I am now trying to figure what is going wrong in the attached, as adviced  I have created Range names and used it in the formula, however its applying RED font to even CELLS which does not qualify the statement.

Many thanks
stock-zero-coz-oos-or-new-V5-1.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Oh great!! I got it finally. I really hope when I take this across my real and very complicated sheet - it works!!!

I am sure it will as you have explained it really very well!!

Many thanks again for your help and time!!

Really appreciate it.

Have a good weekend!!
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Author Commented:
Many thanks...
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Author Commented:
hi Rgonzo1971

I am having a small problem in the formula again...   please can you check?
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