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Not really sure how to explain, so I will do my best and hopefully you understand what I am trying to do....

I am creating a workbook in excel to keep track of a "petty cash".  We make donations into this petty cash box and keep track of the money with a spreadsheet.  People are able to pay for a few months at a time.  So I have a "Name" and "Paid Through" cells.  I would like to have them change colors to make it easier for me to see when a persons donation is about to expire.  example.. Joe Smith paid through April 2013.  So i have his name and Apr-13 in the cells.  Is there a way I can have those cells change colors on April 1?  I will have a list of about 25 people all with different dates.  Hopefuly that gave you an idea of what I am trying to do.

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Assuming the Paid Thru cell has a date and is in B1 and today's date is in C1 then use or apply Conditional Formatting to cell B1 and use this conditional formatting formula:

=C1-B1<1

B1 will have its background color change to the color you provide when B1 is within 13 days of today's date.

HTH

Bill
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