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Hello Mary

I am using EXCEL 2010. I have a spreadsheet where dates are entered in Column A, values are entered in Columns B to F, and Column G contains a calculated value based on Columns B to F.

What I want is to highlight those rows,in say yellow, where the date is greater than today's date.

I have come to a stalemate with my current efforts although the solution is probably something simple maybe.

Perhaps you could help me please?


Hi John,

You can use Conditional Formatting to get this done.

To create the first rule:

Select cells A1 through F##. Do this by dragging from A2 to A##.
Then, click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule.
In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, click Use a formula to determine which cells to format.
Under Format values where this formula is true, type the formula: =A2>TODAY()
The formula uses the TODAY function to see if the dates in column A are greater than today (in the future). If so, the cells are formatted.

   Click Format.

   In the Color box, select Red. In the Font Style box, select Bold.

   Click OK until the dialog boxes are closed.

   The formatting is applied to column A.

Hope this helps with your project.


Mary Lindsey
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I can answer Microsoft Excel 2000-2007 questions regarding formatting, styles, shortcut keys, templates, forms, etc, but will not answer any macro questions.


I have over 15 years experience working in corporate America as legal and financial document support specialist. I have designed a template that converts html and Excel files to inserts these numerical data into Word documents so that there will be no document corruption because of file size and graphics that comes as part of HTML and Excel.


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