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Conditional Formatting Excel Based On Date In Another Cell

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I looked through everything re conditional formatting, but nothing touched on my issue.

I am trying to highlight cells in a column based on the date in another cell, as well as the text in the cell in question. I have been able to do both parts separately as basic conditional formatting, but not sure how to have it all work as one using a formula.

A1 has the text and D1 has the date. If the date is today and the text is either 2 or 3, I want the cell to be coloured using conditional formatting.

Here is the formula I tried for conditional formatting, but with no result:-

=IF(AND($D1=TODAY(), OR(A1="3", A1="2")))

Basically, if the date in D1 is today and A1 is either a 2 or 3, then apply the conditional formatting. Seems simple, but I can only get it working as separate parts

Thanks in advance

How to&Answers:

Either use

=IF(AND($D1=TODAY(), OR($A$1=3, $A$1=2)),TRUE,FALSE)


=AND($D1=TODAY(), OR($A$1=3, $A$1=2))


Just ‘Imagine’ IF in Conditional Formatting

  • Every date in Excel is actually a number, e.g. for 27.01.2019 it is
    43492. You can format a cell containing a date, as number, and see
    for yourself.
  • When there is time with a date, there is additionally a
    decimal part, e.g. for 27.01.2019 14:52:17 the number would be
    approximately 43492.6196, which is different than 43492.

Therefore you have to use the INT function to round the number down to the nearest integer resulting in the following conditional formatting formula:


used e.g. for cell E1.

  • So the logic behind the formula could be interpreted: (just imagine
    the IF): IF the rounded down value of cell D1 is equal to
    TODAY‘s value (date) AND the value in cell A1 is EITHER FA_Win_3 OR FA_Win_2, DO apply the formatting (, or else don’t).


I’m not in front a computer, but you can try this:

=AND(TEXT($B2,"dd/mm/yyyy")=TEXT(TODAY(),"dd/mm/yyyy"), OR(A1="FA_Win_3", A1="FA_Win_2"))

If you have trouble with users pasting over the cells and messing up with the conditional format, you can add this soubroutine to the worksheet.

To add it:
– Press F11
– Double click the sheet name
– Copy paste the code
– Read the comments inside the code and adapt it to fit your needs
– Save the workbook as macro-enabled

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)

    ' This method has a drawback and is that the undo feature in this sheet no longer works (if you can live with it, no problem)
    ' Here is an option to bring it back: https://www.jkp-ads.com/Articles/UndoWithVBA04.asp

    ' Define variables
    Dim targetRange As Range
    Dim formulaEval As String

    ' Define the Range where they paste the date. This is the range that receives the conditional format
    Set targetRange = Range("B2:B70")

    ' Define the formula evaluated by the conditional format (replace ; for ,)
    formulaEval = "=AND(TEXT(" B2 ",""dd/mm/yyyy"")=TEXT(TODAY(),""dd/mm/yyyy""), OR(A" 2 "=""FA_Win_3"", A" 2 "=""FA_Win_2""))"

    If Not Intersect(Target, targetRange) Is Nothing Then
        With Target
            .FormatConditions.Add Type:=xlExpression, Formula1:=formulaEval

            ' This is where the format applied is defined (you can record a macro and replace the code here)
            With .FormatConditions(1).Interior
                .PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
                .Color = RGB(0, 176, 80)
                .TintAndShade = 0
                .Font.Color = RGB(255, 255, 255)
                .Font.Bold = True
            End With
            .FormatConditions(1).StopIfTrue = False
        End With
    End If

End Sub

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