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# Conditional Formatting - Date()

Posted on 2016-11-20
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Experts, I have been trying to shade a cell based on if it is between Date() and Date()-1.  It doesn't seem to work as I have it (see pic).

Value is between Date() and Date()-1

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dates are store as Date AND Time. While beginning date may work to filter for the start, Date() may not for the end since there may also be a time. Instead, use:
>=( Date()-1 ) and < (Date() +1)

Dates are stored as whole numbers.
Time is a fraction through the day. for instance, 6am is 0.25, noon is 0.5, and 6pm is 0.75

When assigning values, use Date(), not Now() if all you want is date
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Author Comment

ID: 41895463
thank you.
How should I enter that in the msg box?
I get a syntax error.

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Expert Comment

ID: 41895472
instead of Field Value is, choose: Expression Is

[due date]  >=( Date()-1 ) and [due date] < (Date() +1)
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Expert Comment

ID: 41895477
Hi,

Pls try

Field Value is / between  / Date()-1 / Date()+1

Regards
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Expert Comment

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Rgonzo1971, that will only work whern there always is an extra time component ... there may not be.  The solution needs to work with all the data

DateValue([due date] ) can also be compared but that creates another issue in that you must first test to make sure it is filled since you can't use a conversion function on Null.  Easiest is to get everything less than the next day for the end date.
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Gustav Brock earned 500 total points
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I recall that for some reason your dates are text. If not, if they were true date values, your original statement would work.

So try converting to date values:

Expression is DateValue([due date]) Between Date()-1 And Date()

/gustav
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Expert Comment

ID: 41895723
you might also want to try:

Field Value:  >= Date() - 1 AND < Date() + 2

or, if the date is actually stored as a string:

Expression: (CDATE([DateField]) >= Date() -1) AND (CDATE([DateField] < Date() + 2)
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 41895725
that was it.  thank you.  :)
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