Excel/cell formatting


in excel, how to I write an if formula (or any other)to change the colour of a whole cell, eg. if a is larger than b, change the colour of cell a to green

Select the cell(s) that might change color. Use Home/Conditional Formatting/New Rule/Use a formula to determing which cells to format.
Assuming A1 is the active cell, enter this formula:
then click Format, click the Fill tab, pick the color you want.
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