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    Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    Hi,
    I want to conditional format to highlight values greater than x (in this case 1:59). My formula intentionally blanks out certain rows which should be disregarded (""). These "" cells are being highlighted. It seems the "" cells are counted as infinitely high numbers ("less than" anything does not highlight them). How can I highlight only the non-blank cells that are greater than a given value?
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    (p.s. please disregard those columns to the left, I have a garbage data source and have to use cleaner columns)
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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    Use a formula rule for J2:

    =AND(J2<>"",J2>0.0826388888888889)
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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    Works, thank you!

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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    I'm curious why excel treats the blank value as a high number...

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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    It treats them in all sorts of ways, which is why you need to tell Excel to ignore them where appropriate.

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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    Quote Originally Posted by lennywatson View Post
    I'm curious why excel treats the blank value as a high number...
    When XL compares strings it first evaluates the TYPE() value of each of these strings. For numbers, this is 1, for text, 2, etc..
    "" is a null text string and its TYPE() is therefore 2, so 5>"" is FALSE because type(5) is 1 and type("") is 2. (and of course 1 is smaller than 2)
    Try entering '5 in a cell and 5 in another and check if they are equal...
    If both TYPE() values are the same, than normal comparison rules will apply.

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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    Thank you!
    What you say makes sense, but I think i'm still missing a piece: 5>"" is False makes sense. But (i've been experimenting to verify) 5<"" returns TRUE (as does 5<"abc"). So...number values are defined as less than text values?

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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    If you sort a column containing some individual letters and numbers, Excel will put the numbers first. This gives us a clue.

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    Re: Conditional Formatting: formula results "" counting as greater than x

    Quote Originally Posted by lennywatson View Post
    Thank you!
    What you say makes sense, but I think i'm still missing a piece: 5>"" is False makes sense. But (i've been experimenting to verify) 5<"" returns TRUE (as does 5<"abc"). So...number values are defined as less than text values?
    Again, you first have to look at the result of the TYPE() function. As TYPE("abc")=2 and TYPE(5)=1, XL stops thinking there and returns TRUE as 2>1.
    See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...5-ffa892995899 for more information on the TYPE() function.

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