Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.
With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company.
Learn more about Allen...
Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Highlighting Cells Containing Specific Text.
You can use the conditional formatting feature in Excel to help draw attention to cells that contain specific text in which you are interested. For instance, if you have a range of cells and you want to know which ones contain the letters "shawn," then you can do the following:
Figure 1. The New Formatting Rule dialog box.
Figure 2. The Format Cells dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6235) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Highlighting Cells Containing Specific Text.
Change Formatting Based On Your Data! Conditional formatting provides a way for you to adjust the appearance of your data based on the data itself. Discover how to put this amazingly powerful feature to work for you, today. This comprehensive volume is available in two editions. Check out Excel Conditional Formatting today!