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# Conditional Formatting in Spreadsheets

Learn how to use conditional formatting with your data through built-in options and by creating custom formulas.

4 Hours14 Videos51 Exercises7,239 Learners4400 XP

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## Course Description

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.

1. 1

### A Primer on Conditional Formatting

Free

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 formatting
50 xp
Conditional formatting
100 xp
Additional rule
100 xp
Conditional formatting of top and bottom values
50 xp
Greater than
100 xp
Weight range
100 xp
Auditing an expense account
100 xp
Conditional formatting using dates
50 xp
Before last week
100 xp
All dates except June
100 xp
Dates
100 xp
2. 2

### 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.

3. 3

### 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.

4. 4

### 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.

Collaborators

Chester IsmayAmy Peterson

Prerequisites

Data Analysis in Spreadsheets

#### Adam Steinfurth

Instructor at DataCamp

Adam enjoys teaching others about software in their jobs and personal lives. He has over one hundred tutorial videos on his YouTube channel Prolific Oaktree, which are mostly about Google Sheets.

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