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I have 5 columns, with a header.
There are two basic types of rows - those that have a code of XXXXXX-00 and those that don't.
I want all of these rows (entire row) to be a distinguishable color and the alternates to be some slightly different color.
I could get it working with just the leading cell (col A) only, but it wouldn't highlight the entire row.
Is there a way to setup conditional formatting to do this?  Wanted to stay away from a macro solution if possible...
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http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/45670/how-to-highlight-a-row-in-excel-using-conditional-formatting/

See paragraph starting with:

"Now that we have a working formula, let’s apply it across our entire table. As you can see above, the formatting applies only to the cell we started off with. Click the button next to the Applies to field and drag the selection across your entire table."
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You need to select the entire region then put the formula, your formula doesn't work because you didnot select the entire region I mean entire rows
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Select all the rows.

Goto conditional formatting.

Select Use formula to...

Enter this formula, changing 2 to the first row in the rows you selected.

=$A2=" XXXXXX-00"

Format as required.
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by:sirbounty
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I thought I had the first column working, but now it's highlighting the opposite data.
My formula is
=RIGHT($A2,3)="-00"
but these cells don't get highlighted as I've set it... : \
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Weird - even setting the formula to =A2 doesn't change that single cell... wonder if I've done something somewhere... :(
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Somehow I fixed that, but it's still not formatting the rows... still trying.
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by:sirbounty
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Ok, I've determined that setting a conditional format formula fails:
=RIGHT(TRIM($A$2),3) (just trying to grab the "-00" which doesn't seem to work either.

If I use the text, ends with =RIGHT(TRIM($A$2),3), it will highlight the first column, but even selecting the range does not format the rows...
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=RIGHT(TRIM($A2),3)="-00" finally worked for me - had that extra $ in there...oops. :^)
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RIGHT(TRIM($A$2),3)......  Your $A$2 is selecting only A2.
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