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Hi Tom

I have a range of cells: C21:K21.  I wish to conditionally format these cells so that the cell that contains the highest number triggers a format.

So, if the number in cell C21 is greater than any number in cells D21:K21, then (condition).

Or, if the number in cell D21 is greater than any number in cells C21 or E21:K21, then (condition).

Could you show me how this formula should be written?

Thanks in advance


Christopher Mitchell

for the condition for cell C21


If you select C21:K21 with C21 as the active cell and set up your conditional formatting, then then the highest value will be highlighted (if that is the formatting you choose).

Note the  C$21 does not have the $ sign so it will adjust to reflect the cell which holds the conditional formatting.  Again, you would change the C$21 to refer to the activecell in the selection when you apply the conditional formatting.

Now this will highlight any cell in that range that holds the highest value.  So if two cells held the same highest value, then it would highlight both.

Tom Ogilvy  
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