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I'd like to have a conditional formatting rule such that if the contents in cell H are not blank, then all of the row has red font for formatting.  Please note I have headers and total columns that I don't want this to apply to, so I really want it for rows 3 through 69.  For example, if H9 contains "8/28/14" (so not "") then all of row 9 is red.

Is this doable?  I can't figure it out, I can make H9 red in the above example but can't figure out how to make the whole row red.



Select rows 3 through 69 with cell A3 as the active cell

Select conditional formatting on the Home tab, then select New Rule

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

in the formula text box put in   =$H3<>""

Click the format button and set the format for red font

Click OK until you are out of conditional formatting.

That worked for me.

Tom Ogilvy

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