conditional format 3.1

hi experts, ive have added 2 conditional formats to my worksheet but doesnt work, please see the attached screenshot

conditional format 3.1screenshot_conditional-format-1.PNG
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAsked:
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Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
- the only cell/s that should show in red are e3 & e7
- the only cell/s that should show in yellow is e5
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
what is the condition to show  e3 & e7 in red ?
or let me ask this, why  e3 & e7  must be shown in red ?
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
condition to show red fill color is greater than or = to f1 as it shows in the conditional format rules manager window
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Because yellow condition is true and is the first condition then all cells all yellow.
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
ok, so what needs to be done then?
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
ok thanks
Ejgil HedegaardCommented:
With a formula condition you must include the first cell in the range in the formula
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Ok, have a look at this:

RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Use parentheses for your conditions:

Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
hi experts, im still unclear as to how to fix my formula, i can see on the screenshot above from ramin that it works but how do i relate that back to my data?
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:

RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
select first condition then select  Edit rule ...
then change that condition.

Feel free to ask any question.
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
hi expert, i have used your conditional format formula but still does not work, see screenshot below

conditional format 1.1
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
- cell e5 should be hilited yellow and its not
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
You put that formula in a quotation. compare it with mine.
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
i didnt put it in a quotation, it automatically changed to a quotation, i deleted the quotation marks and still no change
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Probably you do it in a different way,   try this way:

Select E3:E7 with mouse
Conditional formatting
Manage Rules ...
Select the yellow condition
select Edit rules ...

Please check attached file.

Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
hi ramin, im still having problems with the conditional formatting, please see screenshot below.
The problem is cells e4 & e5 should be hilited in yellow because it meets condition 1, but its not hilited at all?
Please assist.

screenshot 1.2
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
($D$1)-1 must be ($F$1)-1

AND also

$D$1 must be $F$1

D1 cell refers to a blank cell and has no value.

Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
hi ramin, please see the screenshot below i have changed the formula below as per your directions above but it keeps changing back to include the inverted commas before & after, i dont know what to do?

screenshot 1.3
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Please describe the steps you taken.
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
1. hilited range of cells e3:e7
2. selected conditional formatting/ manage rules/ clicked on condition 1/ edit rule/ under "format only cells with" hilited & pasted your suggestion above (see below) over the top/ okay/ okay

($D$1)-1 must be ($F$1)-1

AND also

$D$1 must be $F$1
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
You must select "Format only cells that contain"

RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Is it possible to attach your exce file ?
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
sure, i will now for you
Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
attached is the excel file for you
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Your value for the comparison is actually in D1 although it looks like it is in F1 because of the merged cells.

The comparison value also includes a time value and not just a date whereas the values in column E are just date.

use the following for the Conditional formatting rules:

Yellow:   Cell Value = INT($D$1)-1
Red:        Cell Value >=INT($D$1)

This method will only apply to column E, if you want it applied to other columns as well you have to use the "Use a Formula to determine which cells to format" option. The formula in these case would be:

Yellow:          =$E3=INT($D$1)-1  Applies to =$A$3:$C$7,$E$3:$E$7,$G$3:$G$7
Red:              =$E3>=INT($D$1)    Applies to =$A$3:$C$7,$E$3:$E$7,$G$3:$G$7

See attached.


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