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in column A I have a lot of dates. In column B I have some remarks (text) and a lot of empty cells. I would like to fill a cell in column A with a specific color only if in column B a remark is inserted.

How should I do that?

Thanks in advance.


Select column A with the first cell as the active Cell.

So say A2:A500 is selected and A2 is the active cell in the selection

Then on the home tab select conditional formatting

then select new rule

then select:  "Use a formula to determine which cells to format"

this will bring up a dialog with a textbox where you can enter you formula for determining when to display the conditional formatting  you will set next

For you situation you should put in a formula like


then slick the format button and under fill, select the color  you want the cell formatted with when there is a comment on the same row in column B.

then click OK.

I use $B2 because I have A2 selected as the active cell in the larger range.  The formula should be written relative to the active cell (in case you are formatting a different range).

I put a $ sign in front of B2 to lock in Column B.  I leave the 2 in B2 relative so it is adjusted properly in the other cells/rows in the selection being formatted.

Tested and worked for me.

Tom Ogilvy  
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