Conditional Formatting - formula for adjacent cells

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Sorry for posting again but I got no response on my original post, so here I am trying again. If anyone could help me that would be great! I need to set up conditional formatting for a column where the cell turns red or green based on the information in the cell to their left.


I have the following information in an Excel sheet:



Now I want to set conditional formatting for column B "Actual". If:

  • B3 >= A3 then B3 is green;
  • B3 < A3 then B3 is red.

And so on for the following rows: B4 >= A4, B4 is green / B4 < A4, B4 is red, etc. etc.


I'm not sure how to set this up without having to set conditional formatting for every single cell. And since I have many more of these collumns and rows I really do not want to do that. Is there a formula that I could use?


Thanks in advance for your help!

3 Replies
best response confirmed by Noortje Vollenberg (Occasional Contributor)

Hi Noortje,


1) Format in red column B

2) Add rule for "green" condition as


3) Apply it to column B


Result is


Just be careful with absolute and relative regferences in the rule formula




Hi Sergei,


I'm not too familiar with absolute and relative references so I didn't even think of that. It's working now!


Thanks so much for you help.