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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.

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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


    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.

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

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  3. 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.

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Adam Steinfurth

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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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