# Conditional formatting in Excel...

I've got an Excel 2013 doc, that I need to color all the rows yellow when a certain phone number appears in one of the cells.
If it matters, there are 7 columns & phone numbers will appear in 1 of 2 cells on any given row.
Can this ne easily done?
Thanks!
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Finance AnalystCommented:
Yes easily done with conditional formatting.

If you can upload a sample file we can apply it for you.
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Finance AnalystCommented:
See attached sample file.

The Conditional Format rule is based on the following formula:
=OR(\$G2=\$K\$1,\$H2=\$K\$1)

Note the use of \$ to ensure that all cells are looking at the right columns.

This is based on a specific phone number which is effectively a string of text due to the space between area code and number. You could adjust the formula to allow for other conditions eg starts with 0800

=OR(LEFT(\$G2,4)="0800",LEFT(\$H2,4)="0800")
Conditional-Format.xlsx
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Author Commented:
In the attached, if I wanted to fill the whole row yellow when any of the given cells contains 2815551212
Book1.xlsx
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Finance AnalystCommented:
See attached.

I haven't done whole row as you mentioned you have 7 columns so only did as far as column G.

Formula for CF:
=OR(\$A1=2815551212,\$B1=2815551212)
Conditional-Format2.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Thanks, again!
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Finance AnalystCommented:
No probs
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Author Commented:
Sorry, just one more stupid question. Once you have rule in place, how do you get it to run?

I have 'Format values where this formula is true:' set at =OR(\$B1=2815551212,\$C1=2815551212) (and yes, I have the actual number I'm looking for in place of the 5551212) since my numbers are in either column B or C. Its set to applies to =\$A\$1:\$G\$14356 since those are the cells in use - what am I missing?
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Finance AnalystCommented:
When setting up the CF, did you specify the format, ie yellow fill? I assume so.

If that's the case, I can only assume that the number isn't being recognised. With one of the cells that you know contains the phone number, do a simple comparison in a spare cell. For example if you can see that B3 contains the number use this in a separate cell:

=B3=5551212  (replacing with proper number obviously)

You will get either TRUE or FALSE. If FALSE then it indicates that the number is not being recognised and I suspect it is text that looks like a number, like in my first example. If that's the case, try amending that simple comparison to:

=B3="5551212"   ie enclose the number in double quotes. If that now gives TRUE, then you will need to amend the CF formula to enclose the number in double quotes:

=OR(\$B1="2815551212",\$C1="2815551212")
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Author Commented:
D'OH!
there was a 1 before number that wasn't in my formula!
Thanks, again - its working now!
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Finance AnalystCommented:
Well, it is Friday afternoon!!
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