Finding Cells that Use Conditional Formatting

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 12, 2020)

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When you inherit a worksheet from someone, you may want to discover which cells have conditional formatting applied to them. This is rather easy to do using the Go To feature of Excel. Follow these steps:

  1. Press F5. Excel displays the Go To dialog box.
  2. Click Special. Excel displays the Go To Special dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Go To Special dialog box.

  4. Select the Conditional Formats radio button.
  5. Click OK.

That's it. Excel selects all the cells in the current worksheet that have conditional formatting applied to them.

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Allen Wyatt

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. ...

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2020-03-12 05:47:49

Henry Kafeman

Allen

Thank you for the tip.

However when I tried if for "Column Differences" it does not work as expected!

If e.g. in a Column you have some Cells containing "=A1" and some Cells containing "=A$1" then if you select the column, set the Active Cell (using Enter or Tab) to one containing "=A1" the GoTo finds all Cells with values not just ones that are different! But when set to a Cell containing "=A$1" it finds only Cells having a different value as expected!

I would guess the "Rows Differences" would also have this same anomaly but have not tried?

Can you please investigate whether this is a Microsoft Bug (and report it as such) or explain how/why this is supposed to work the way it does?

It could cause users great problems/confusion if trying to find cells with or without "$" for any reason!

Do any of the other "Go To Special" options give unexpected results that users need to be aware of???

Thanks
Henry


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