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QUESTION: I have cell values in a column with different font colors, which have been determined by conditional formatting. However when i attempt to total the values by font color using a macro, it will not recognize the new font color. Can you help please ?

ANSWER: Chris,

VBA can not see the font color (or cell color) produced by conditional formatting.  The best way is to sum using the condition that the conditional formatting uses to determine the color.

Sorry - but that is the way it is.  

Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Not sure how to do that, given that there are values with different font color also in the column


If you have some cells that have a red font color manually set and you have some cells that have a red font color based on conditional formatting with a rule of =A1>5  in the range from A1 to A100 then you could loop through them  

note: the rule =A1>5 is the relative formula for cell A1.

tot = 0
for each cell in Range("A1:A100")
  if cell.font.colorindex = 3 or cell.value > 5 and isnumeric(cell) then
     tot = tot + cell.value
  end if
Msgbox "Sum of red font cells is :" & tot

Hopefully that illustrates what I am talking about.

Tom Ogilvy


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