Conditional Formatting

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Choose Conditional Formatting to define format styles depending on certain conditions. If a style was already assigned to a cell, it remains unchanged. The style entered here is then evaluated. There are several types of conditional formatting that can be used.

You can enter several conditions that query the contents of cell values or formulas. The conditions are evaluated from the first to the last. If the condition 1 matches the condition, the defined style will be used. Otherwise, condition 2 is evaluated, and its defined style is used. If this style does not match, then the next condition is evaluated and so on.

Choose Format - Conditional Formatting

Warning.png To apply conditional formatting, AutoCalculate must be enabled. Choose Data - Calculate - AutoCalculate (you see a check mark next to the command when AutoCalculate is enabled).

Condition

You can define as many conditions as you want.

Specify if conditional formatting is dependent on one of the entry listed on the drop down box:

  • If you select All cells, see Color Scale, Data Bar or Icon Set explanations below, depending on which visual representation the conditional formatting should be represented.
  • If you select Cell value is:
    *Select a condition in the drop down list for the format to be applied to the selected cells and enter the value.
  • In front of Apply Styles, select the desired style in the list or chose New Style to create one.
  • Click the Add button to add another condition, click the Remove button to remove a condition.
  • In the Range field, define the range of cells concerned by the conditional formatting. Click on the Shrink button to minimize the dialog box. Click again on the button to come back to the dialog box once the range is selected.


  • If you select Formula is as a reference, enter a cell reference. If the cell reference is a value other than zero, the condition matches.
  • If you select Date is, see below explanations for Date.

Color Scale

This is the same dialog box as if you select All cells in the first sub menu entry Condition. Apply a color scale to a range consist of displaying a bicolor or tricolor gradient on this range depending on the value of each cell. A typical example might be an array of temperatures, lower blue colored, warmer red with a gradient nuances to the intermediate values.

You must choose the two "extreme" colors indicate the method of calculation. The calculation of the color applied will be made in relation to: Min - Max - Percentile - Value - Percent - Formula.

The choices Min and Max are sufficient to themselves as found in the range. Other options need to be specified by a value (Percentile, Value, Percentage) or a cell reference or formula (Formula).

For a detailed explanation and examples, please visit How to apply a Color Scale Conditional Formatting page in TDF Wiki.

Icon Set

It is desired to plot the position of a value relative to the thresholds. The set of icons will help to indicate the thresholds and choose the type of icons. Available icon sets are:

  • 3, 4 or 5 - arrows
  • 3, 4 or 5 - gray arrows
  • 3 - flags
  • 3 - traffic lights 1 and 2 (two different designs)
  • 3 - symbols (square, triangle, circle)
  • 4 - circles from red to black
  • 4 or 5 - ratings
  • 5 - quarters

Conditions to display each icon can be specified relative to a value (Value), a percentage of the number of values in the range (Percentage) as a percentage of range values (Percentile) or formula (Formula).

For a detailed explanation and examples, please visit How to use Icon Set Conditional Formating page in TDF Wiki.

Dates

This option will apply a defined style depending on a date that you choose in the drop down box: Today - Yesterday - Tomorrow - Last 7 days - This week - Last week.

  • In front of Apply Styles, select the desired style in the list or chose New Style to create one.
  • Click the Add button to add another condition, click the Remove button to remove a condition.
  • In the Range field, define the range of cells concerned by the conditional formatting. Click on the Shrink button to minimize the dialog box. Click again on the button to come back to the dialog box once the range is selected.

Manage Conditional Formatting

This dialog allows you to see all the conditional formatting defined in the spreadsheet.

Choose Format - Conditional Formatting - Manage

The Manage Conditional Formatting dialog box opens. Here you can add, edit or remove one or several conditional formattings.

If you have defined a conditional formatting on a cell range and you try now to define a new conditional formatting on a part of this range, a warning message will be displayed, asking if you want to edit the existing conditional formatting (on the whole range) or define a new conditional formatting overlapping it (on the selected range).


Related Topics

Applying Conditional Formatting