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    How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    I have a column with, say, 20 rows. 10 of the cells contain the text "Start". 2 of the cells contain the text "Stop". The remaining 8 cells equal to "".

    In another cell (different row and column as above) I have a cell containing "Start".

    I select the 20 cells in the Column, choose "Conditional Formatting" , "Format only cells that contain", "Cell Value not equal to Start", Format fill to yellow.

    The 2 cells that contain "Stop" fill yellow, but also the 8 cells equal to "". I'm not sure why this happens.

    If my desire is to fill only the 2 cell that contain "Stop", how do I fix my formatting?

    Thank you.

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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    1. You are asking to apply CF to cells that DONT contain Start - well, cells with "" dont contain Start, do they?

    2. Have you tried swapping this around and applying CF to cells that contain Stop?
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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    FDibbins, the cells in the 20 row Column are variable as is the reference cell in a different row/column. Solution 2 will only work in the one instance.

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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    You'll need a formula for the CF rule. Assuming the range starts at B2:

    =OR(B2<>"Start",B2<>"")

    Apply the CF rule to the range needed (e.g. =$B$2:$B$21).
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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    This is probably not the most practical way but I would just add another conditional formatting and ensure it is above your original one to say if the cell value = 0, then fill the cell white. (Select all 20 cells, choose "Conditional Formatting", "Highlight cells rule equal to", type in 0 and choose a custom format and change the cell background fill colour to white.)

    I have included an image to explain this below.
    Attachment 620127

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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    Thank you Ali, that is EXACTLY what I needed. I tried many formulas, but never figured out how it was formatted for a range of cells. Surprisingly difficult to resolve via web search!

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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    Glad to have helped!

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    Re: How to Conditionally Format text with blank cells

    Quote Originally Posted by ra2019 View Post
    This is probably not the most practical way but I would just add another conditional formatting and ensure it is above your original one to say if the cell value = 0, then fill the cell white. (Select all 20 cells, choose "Conditional Formatting", "Highlight cells rule equal to", type in 0 and choose a custom format and change the cell background fill colour to white.)

    I have included an image to explain this below.
    Attachment 620127
    No, not practical and unnecessary. You donít want to add unnecessary CF to any workbook as it is resource intensive.

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