Spreadsheets often suffer from having too much data. If you want to tell the underlying story that is in the data without creating additional reports, conditional formatting can help! Whether it's showing the age of your inventory by highlighting the items using a color scale, or accentuating the largest variances in year over year financial data, conditional formatting has built-in options that can be used without any complex code. It can be used instead of sorting or filtering since it works with the data that is already there! By the end, you will be creating your own report using conditional formatting to analyze a company's payroll.
Understanding Conditional Formatting
Delve deeper into the world of conditional formatting, a feature in spreadsheets that allows you to apply specific formatting to cells based on certain criteria. This section of the course covers the basics of conditional formatting, including how to set it up, common uses, and troubleshooting tips. You'll learn how to use different types of conditional formatting, like color scales and data bars, to make your data visually appealing and easier to analyze. This understanding will empower you to transform complex datasets into meaningful information with just a few clicks.
Advanced Techniques and Applications
In this advanced section, we explore the more intricate aspects of conditional formatting. Here, you will learn how to apply conditional formatting to entire rows or columns, use formulas for more complex criteria, and create custom formats for unique scenarios. This part of the course also includes real-world examples, such as tracking project timelines, budget analysis, and performance metrics. By mastering these techniques, you'll be able to bring a new level of sophistication to your data analysis and reporting skills.
Hands-On Project: Analyzing Company Payroll
The course culminates in a hands-on project where you will apply your newly acquired skills to analyze a company's payroll using conditional formatting. This project involves creating a comprehensive report that highlights key payroll metrics, identifies discrepancies, and provides insights into employee compensation. Through this practical application, you'll not only reinforce your learning but also gain valuable experience in using conditional formatting for real business scenarios. This project will serve as a significant addition to your portfolio, showcasing your ability to turn data into actionable insights.
A Primer on Conditional FormattingFree
Learn what conditional formatting is and how it can be used to emphasize the important data in a spreadsheet. We will discuss a variety of the built-in options you can use to apply conditional formatting rules to your data.A primer on conditional formatting50 xpConditional formatting100 xpAdditional rule100 xpConditional formatting of top and bottom values50 xpGreater than100 xpWeight range100 xpAuditing an expense account100 xpConditional formatting using dates50 xpBefore last week100 xpAll dates except June100 xpDates100 xp
Custom Application of Conditional Formatting
In this chapter, you will learn how to apply conditional formatting in more flexible ways. We'll discuss a variety of functions you can use to create conditional formatting rules with custom formulas.
Conditional Formatting Hacks
Learn tricks to use conditional formatting in unique ways! In this chapter, you will learn more functions, build your own searches, and make interactive task lists with checkboxes.Highlight duplicate values50 xpCOUNTIF practice100 xpFinding more duplicates100 xpConditionally formatting duplicates100 xpCleaning it up100 xpBuilding a search box50 xpSEARCH Function100 xpHighlighting search100 xpHighlight top values50 xpSMALL function100 xpHighlighting SMALL100 xpConditional formatting hacks50 xpCross off your to dos100 xpLong term career goals100 xpRanking your goals100 xpCrossing them off100 xp
Putting It All Together
In this chapter, you will use everything you have learned about conditional formatting to analyze a company's payroll. You will be working with dates, looking for duplicates, and checking for errors to create your report.Working with payroll dates50 xpISDATE function100 xpCorrecting your report100 xpChecking for duplicates100 xpChecking a payroll register50 xpPaid time off totals100 xpPay allowed range100 xpMoving to part-time100 xpOverall payroll analysis50 xpYear-to-date100 xpPositive variances100 xpNegative variances100 xpCongratulations!50 xp
PrerequisitesData Analysis in Google Sheets