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Hi Tom

I have tried to conditionall format a cell according to the following formula without any success, Could you tell me where I have gone wrong?

=if(vlookup(a24,gradecon,2,false)=vlookup(a25,gradecon,2,false) "then conditional format"

Thanks in advance


Christopher Mitchell,

If you are using a formula to determine whether to apply the formatting (this is done in the conditional formatting dialog), then you want to return a true or false answer.  


should do that.

this assumes gradecon is a named range with at least two columns.  

If you want to use the IF function you can do


but that seems redundant.

If you are trying to put a formula in a cell and then use the results of the formula to determine what conditional formatting to apply, then basically you would configure the conditional formatting condition to be the cell itself (its value)

as an example where F9 has =vlookup($a$24,gradecon,2,false)=vlookup($a$25,gradecon,2,false)

If none of this helps you out, send me a sample file (small) and an explanation of what you want

Tom Ogilvy

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