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Hi Bob,

Thank you for your time.  I am trying to work out an if/then statement based upon the difference between columns K & J.  Ultimately what I would like is that based upon the outcome column L will change its fill color to either red or green.  I have tried If/then formula's and variations and I have tried conditionally formatting and variations.  Is this even possible?  See my 'formula' below:

If K>J (by 5 or more) than color L Green, If J>K (by 8 or more) than color L red.

Again, thanks so much for any help you can give.  Even if I have to do this in 2 parts and hide a column with the formula I can do that.

Pam

Select column L. Assuming L1 is the active cell, use this formula in the Conditional Formatting dialog:
=K1>=J1+5
Then click format, select green fill.
Then put in a 2nd conditional formatting formula:
=J1>K1+8
Click Format, select red fill.
That's it.
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