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Hi Tom

I've done this many times and suddenly it's not working.  I would like to conditionally format a range A1:CC5000 based on this criteria.

If cell A7 equals "F" then a particular format is applied.  The formula I am using is:

=A7="F"

Could you help me with this please?

Chris Mitchell

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Christopher Mitchell,

If you selected A1:CC5000  with A1 as the active cell and entered the formula

=A7="F"

and you want that (the value of A7 specifically) to govern all those cells (A1:CC5000) then you should have made A7 absolute

=$A$7="F"

If that isn't the situation, then I would need to know more.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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