# Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

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# Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

Is it possible to copy a conditional formatting changing the reference cell each time:

Example:

I want to highlight the value whenever the cell value of F6 is not between -G6 and G6.

then I want to go to the next row have the same thing happen using F7 is not between -G7 and G7

8 Replies

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

You can use the Format Painter to copy all formatting, including the conditional formatting rules.

Make sure that your rule refers to -G6 and G6, not to -\$G\$6 and \$G\$6.

Alternatively, select F6, then click Conditional Formatting > Manage Rules... on the Home tab of the ribbon.

Expand the Applies to range from =\$F\$6 to - for example - =\$F\$6:\$F\$100.

Again, make sure that the rule refers to -G6 and G6, not to -\$G\$6 and \$G\$6.

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

This is the rule I have created:

When I copy it to the next one I get this:

I am not sure what is going wrong.

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

The rule doesn't change - it shows how it applies to the first cell in the range.

But the formula ="k6" should be =K6

Anyhow, you should apply this rule to a range in another column. There is no point in comparing K6 to K6 itself

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

I am comparing the range of the cell done negative value to positive value, -40 to 40. Wanting the cell to highlight if the result is outside that range. The range will change with every row. I am not putting the “” around the cell excel is doing that automatically when I close out of the conditional formatting page

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

Which column contains the cells you want to highlight?

Which column contains the values you want to compare to?

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

@Sjohnson1975, you are comparing K6 to K6, that's why it's wrong. (Applies to =\$K\$6:\$K\$7).

You should apply conditional formatting to a different range, let's say \$J\$6:\$J\$7.

Check my screens.

Let me know pls if that works for you.

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

The column I want to highlight is f and the one i want to compare to is g, from negative of that number to positive.

# Re: Copying Conditional Formatting referencing a different cell

If you want to highlight values outside the range from -Gn to +Gn:

See the attached workbook.