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Hi Tom

I have used the following formula to conditionally format a single cell in a worksheet:  =VLOOKUP(I2,BE8:BF60,2,FALSE)="Y"

I wish to apply this formula across an array of cells, "B12:AY61".  Is this possible?  I have tried =vlookup(b12:ay61,be8:bf60,2,false)="Y" but with no success.

Thanks in advance.

Chris Mitchell

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Christopher Mitchell

You need to use the proper absolute and relative references.

You don't want be8:bf60 to change, so it should be $be$8:$bf$60

I have no idea what cells you are conditionally formatting, but if it is B12:AY61, then you would select B12:AY61 with B12 as the activecell and enter your conditional formatting with the formula

=vlookup(b12,$be$8:$bf$60,2,false)="Y"

just like when you copy cells and paste them, the relative reference B12 will change.  In C12, the formula will appear as

=vlookup(C12,$be$8:$bf$60,2,false)="Y"

and in B13 it will appear as

=vlookup(B13,$be$8:$bf$60,2,false)="Y"

if you are formatting some other cells, but they are the same shape as B12:AY61, then the same approach would be used.  You would make the top left cell as the activecell with all the cells selected and enter the formula relative to the top left cell (the activecell).
=vlookup(b12,$be$8:$bf$60,2,false)="Y"

so that top left cell would be formatted based on the lookup of the value in B12 and so forth.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy



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Tom Ogilvy

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