# Conditional Formatting

Format off prior cell

### #1 JPK1066

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 09:56 PM

I would like to conditionally format this column of numbers where each cell would take on a color if the preceding cell was less than .45

When I tried to do this it only turned all the values into the same number, no color.

Shouldn't I be able to format next cells in a series with Conditional Formatting.

This question seems very close to the one that you answered a while back about number formatting in a series on the other worksheet in this book.

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### #2 Jonathan

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:58 PM

Hi JPK,

Yes, you can do this by using a formula-driven conditional format. In your example, the formula will be =E4<0.45, and the conditional formatting rule should be applied to cells E5:E24.

Conditional formats 'fill down' in the same way as formulas, so cell E5 will use the formula =E4<0.45, but cell E6 will use =E5<0.45, cell E7 will use =E6<0.45, and so on.

I have attached a copy of your example with the conditional formats applied:

You can see a lot more about conditional formatting, including formula-driven conditional formats, in: Essential Skills Session 4: Making Your Worksheets Look Professional.

I hope this is the answer you were looking for, but please feel free to reply if you need any more help with this.

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