# Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formatting)

1. ## Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formatting)

Is it possible to change the color of text using a formula, such as an IF
statement? What I have in mind is something like this (stated simply): If
cells B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9 are blank, do nothing, else color text in cell S4
red.

2. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formatting)

look in help for conditional formatting
in the formula is box put

=COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4

click the format button and select font colour and click OK twice

the above means that all 4 cells need to have data for this to happen

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

Excel 95 - Excel 2007
Northwest Excel Solutions
www.nwexcelsolutions.com
"It is a good thing to follow the first law of holes;
if you are in one stop digging." Lord Healey

"John Elliott" <John Elliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BE853A6C-DC6A-4919-BEB8-FF55683B9E95@microsoft.com...
> Is it possible to change the color of text using a formula, such as an IF
> statement? What I have in mind is something like this (stated simply): If
> cells B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9 are blank, do nothing, else color text in cell
> S4
> red.
>

3. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formatting)

>=COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4

That will count formula blanks.

Maybe this:

=(LEN(B9)>0)*(LEN(N9)>0)*(LEN(Z9)>0)*(LEN(AL9)>0)

Biff

"Peo Sjoblom" <peo.sjoblom@nw^^excelsolutions.com> wrote in message
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> look in help for conditional formatting
> in the formula is box put
>
> =COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4
>
> click the format button and select font colour and click OK twice
>
> the above means that all 4 cells need to have data for this to happen
>
> --
>
> Regards,
>
> Peo Sjoblom
>
> Excel 95 - Excel 2007
> Northwest Excel Solutions
> www.nwexcelsolutions.com
> "It is a good thing to follow the first law of holes;
> if you are in one stop digging." Lord Healey
>
>
> "John Elliott" <John Elliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:BE853A6C-DC6A-4919-BEB8-FF55683B9E95@microsoft.com...
>> Is it possible to change the color of text using a formula, such as an IF
>> statement? What I have in mind is something like this (stated simply): If
>> cells B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9 are blank, do nothing, else color text in
>> cell S4
>> red.
>>

>
>

4. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formattin

Both your reply and Peo Sjoblom's both go some way toward solving this. But
both require ALL 4 cells to be populated. I need a way for any ONE cell of
the four to be populated for the S4 cell to have its contents changed to red.

Or, another way that might be even easier for me in the long ru, would be
this kind of formula:

IF any one of these 4 cells is not blank (B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9), then
change the text in these four cells (B8, N8, Z8 and AL8) to red.

Thanks for all your help in this. I hope to have this solved soon.

--John

"Biff" wrote:

> >=COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4

>
> That will count formula blanks.
>
> Maybe this:
>
> =(LEN(B9)>0)*(LEN(N9)>0)*(LEN(Z9)>0)*(LEN(AL9)>0)
>
> Biff
>
> "Peo Sjoblom" <peo.sjoblom@nw^^excelsolutions.com> wrote in message
> news:uKyxr4QjGHA.4660@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> > look in help for conditional formatting
> > in the formula is box put
> >
> > =COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4
> >
> > click the format button and select font colour and click OK twice
> >
> > the above means that all 4 cells need to have data for this to happen
> >
> > --
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Peo Sjoblom
> >
> > Excel 95 - Excel 2007
> > Northwest Excel Solutions
> > www.nwexcelsolutions.com
> > "It is a good thing to follow the first law of holes;
> > if you are in one stop digging." Lord Healey
> >
> >
> > "John Elliott" <John Elliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:BE853A6C-DC6A-4919-BEB8-FF55683B9E95@microsoft.com...
> >> Is it possible to change the color of text using a formula, such as an IF
> >> statement? What I have in mind is something like this (stated simply): If
> >> cells B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9 are blank, do nothing, else color text in
> >> cell S4
> >> red.
> >>

> >
> >

>
>
>

5. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formattin

If none of those cells contain formulas that might return formula blanks
then use Peo's suggestion like this:

=COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)

If those cells might contain formula blanks then use this:

=(LEN(B9)>0)+(LEN(N9)>0)+(LEN(Z9)>0)+(LEN(AL9)>0)

Biff

"John Elliott" <John Elliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:5A2CA2FA-A8E3-4C5E-BCD4-79055D8651BD@microsoft.com...
> Both your reply and Peo Sjoblom's both go some way toward solving this.
> But
> both require ALL 4 cells to be populated. I need a way for any ONE cell of
> the four to be populated for the S4 cell to have its contents changed to
> red.
>
> Or, another way that might be even easier for me in the long ru, would be
> this kind of formula:
>
> IF any one of these 4 cells is not blank (B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9), then
> change the text in these four cells (B8, N8, Z8 and AL8) to red.
>
> Thanks for all your help in this. I hope to have this solved soon.
>
> --John
>
>
> "Biff" wrote:
>
>> >=COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4

>>
>> That will count formula blanks.
>>
>> Maybe this:
>>
>> =(LEN(B9)>0)*(LEN(N9)>0)*(LEN(Z9)>0)*(LEN(AL9)>0)
>>
>> Biff
>>
>> "Peo Sjoblom" <peo.sjoblom@nw^^excelsolutions.com> wrote in message
>> news:uKyxr4QjGHA.4660@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> > look in help for conditional formatting
>> > in the formula is box put
>> >
>> > =COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4
>> >
>> > click the format button and select font colour and click OK twice
>> >
>> > the above means that all 4 cells need to have data for this to happen
>> >
>> > --
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> >
>> > Peo Sjoblom
>> >
>> > Excel 95 - Excel 2007
>> > Northwest Excel Solutions
>> > www.nwexcelsolutions.com
>> > "It is a good thing to follow the first law of holes;
>> > if you are in one stop digging." Lord Healey
>> >
>> >
>> > "John Elliott" <John Elliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>> > message
>> > news:BE853A6C-DC6A-4919-BEB8-FF55683B9E95@microsoft.com...
>> >> Is it possible to change the color of text using a formula, such as an
>> >> IF
>> >> statement? What I have in mind is something like this (stated simply):
>> >> If
>> >> cells B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9 are blank, do nothing, else color text in
>> >> cell S4
>> >> red.
>> >>
>> >
>> >

>>
>>
>>

6. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formatting)

Hi Peo,

The OP wants a solution that doesn't entail conditional formatting.

Perhaps an event-driven macro, such as the following, which could be put in
the Workbook module (if that doesn't count as conditional formatting)?

Private Sub Workbook_SheetCalculate(ByVal Sh As Object)
Dim i As Integer
Dim j As Integer
With ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")
If .Range("B9") = "" Or .Range("N9") = "" Or .Range("Z9") = "" _
Or .Range("AL9") = "" Then
.Range("G4").Font.ColorIndex = 3
Else
.Range("G4").Font.ColorIndex = 1
End If
End With
End Sub

Cheers

--
macropod
[MVP - Microsoft Word]

"Peo Sjoblom" <peo.sjoblom@nw^^excelsolutions.com> wrote in message
news:uKyxr4QjGHA.4660@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> look in help for conditional formatting
> in the formula is box put
>
> =COUNTA(B9,N9,Z9,AL9)=4
>
> click the format button and select font colour and click OK twice
>
> the above means that all 4 cells need to have data for this to happen
>
> --
>
> Regards,
>
> Peo Sjoblom
>
> Excel 95 - Excel 2007
> Northwest Excel Solutions
> www.nwexcelsolutions.com
> "It is a good thing to follow the first law of holes;
> if you are in one stop digging." Lord Healey
>
>
> "John Elliott" <John Elliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:BE853A6C-DC6A-4919-BEB8-FF55683B9E95@microsoft.com...
> > Is it possible to change the color of text using a formula, such as an

IF
> > statement? What I have in mind is something like this (stated simply):

If
> > cells B9 or N9 or Z9 or AL9 are blank, do nothing, else color text in

cell
> > S4
> > red.
> >

>
>

7. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formattin

macropod,

I rather like the macro idea. I'll have to try it tomorrow and see how it
goes.

Biff, I'll keep your suggestions in mind, also.

Thanks, all!

"macropod" wrote:

> Hi Peo,
>
> The OP wants a solution that doesn't entail conditional formatting.
>
> Perhaps an event-driven macro, such as the following, which could be put in
> the Workbook module (if that doesn't count as conditional formatting)?
>
> Private Sub Workbook_SheetCalculate(ByVal Sh As Object)
> Dim i As Integer
> Dim j As Integer
> With ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")
> If .Range("B9") = "" Or .Range("N9") = "" Or .Range("Z9") = "" _
> Or .Range("AL9") = "" Then
> .Range("G4").Font.ColorIndex = 3
> Else
> .Range("G4").Font.ColorIndex = 1
> End If
> End With
> End Sub
>
> Cheers
>
> --
> macropod
> [MVP - Microsoft Word]

8. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formattin

Just curious, why do you NOT want to use CF?

It's easier and more efficient than an event macro.

Biff

"John Elliott" <JohnElliott@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2913F8C7-BB53-4A31-85C4-30DDF8FB383F@microsoft.com...
> macropod,
>
> I rather like the macro idea. I'll have to try it tomorrow and see how it
> goes.
>
> Biff, I'll keep your suggestions in mind, also.
>
> Thanks, all!
>
>
>
> "macropod" wrote:
>
>> Hi Peo,
>>
>> The OP wants a solution that doesn't entail conditional formatting.
>>
>> Perhaps an event-driven macro, such as the following, which could be put
>> in
>> the Workbook module (if that doesn't count as conditional formatting)?
>>
>> Private Sub Workbook_SheetCalculate(ByVal Sh As Object)
>> Dim i As Integer
>> Dim j As Integer
>> With ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")
>> If .Range("B9") = "" Or .Range("N9") = "" Or .Range("Z9") = "" _
>> Or .Range("AL9") = "" Then
>> .Range("G4").Font.ColorIndex = 3
>> Else
>> .Range("G4").Font.ColorIndex = 1
>> End If
>> End With
>> End Sub
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> --
>> macropod
>> [MVP - Microsoft Word]

>

9. ## Re: Changing text color usinf a formula (NOT Conditional Formatting)

I have a similar situation. I want to use formulas and not conditional formatting. I'm using lookups to compare this year's data (on another report) to last year's data and if it doesn't match, I want to put in this year's, but to mark it with a different color or size text, or underline, or bold, or just something to make it stand out. Conditional formatting won't work for this and I don't want to use a macro. I want to use a formula like the =text(vlookup(a1,b1:c13,3,false),"####"), but instead of using # to do the number format, I want code to do color or something similar. Where can we find that type of code?

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