Change cell colour when a set value is reached

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I want to change a cell colour when a certain value is approaching (say$400) from Green to Red, how do I go about it?

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Will the user enter a value in that cell, or is the value the result of a formula?

thanks Hans, It would be the result of a formula and not normally changed


You might use conditional formatting:

Select the cell (or cells) that you want to format.

Set the fill color to green (this will be the default).

On the Home tab of the ribbon, select Conditional Formatting > New Rule...

Select 'Format only cells that contain'.

Leave the first drop-down set to 'Cell Value'.

Select 'greater than or equal to' from the second drop-down.

Enter 400 in the box next to it.

Select Format...

Activate the Fill tab.

Select red.

Click OK, then click OK again.

Hi Hans, I tried it but the colour was showing red, I changed the "Greater than or equal to" to "Less than or equal to" and the colours work Ok, thanks for your help