## Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

## Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

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I have a attached an Excel file with two columns.

Each column has a single formatting rule (shown in a graphic), where I hope what is wanted is obvious from the graphic.

I do not see the results I am expecting.

Could somebody help and explain what is going on.

TIA

Each column has a single formatting rule (shown in a graphic), where I hope what is wanted is obvious from the graphic.

I do not see the results I am expecting.

Could somebody help and explain what is going on.

TIA

## RE: Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

It does not appear to me that you understand what the output of LARGE() is.

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## RE: Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

Try "Format only top or bottom ranked values", and use 1 for the ranking.

## RE: Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

Open the CF Wizard and enter this formula & formatting spec...

=MAX(B$5:B$26)=B5

Skip,

_{ Just traded in my OLD subtlety... for a NUance!}## RE: Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

IRstuff

If it is not obvious then I will spell it out for you.

I want to shade the background of the column cell containing the maximum value.

Other people have certainly got the idea.

Reference http://www.techonthenet.com/excel/formulas/large.p...

The Microsoft Excel LARGE function returns the nth largest value from a set of values.

I use the function a lot and it has always given me the correct and expected result.

The text in the rule window states "Format values when this formula is true".

I see "=LARGE(B5:B26,1)" as a formula, so when it is true for the cell over the selected range of "Applies to" B5:B26, why is the cell not shaded?

Typical Microsoft unclear screen text information?

What is your understanding of the text? Something different I guess.

IFRs

You are suggesting another possible method?

I was more interested why the two methods I show do not work.

Your suggestion does work for the 1st highest value only which is what I used as my example.

Using LARGE() I have the option of the 2nd highest value, which was my final goal but was not indicated.

SkipVought

You are also suggesting another possible method?

Your suggestion does work. The dollar signs are critical and a comparison must be made.

Using "LARGE(B$5:B$26,1)" is the equivalent of "MAX(B$5:B$26)".

I think I can now see the reason why "=LARGE(B5:B26,1)" does not work as the rule child window text would suggest. It is not a comparison leading to true or false result.

I have attached a new Excel file so that you may see the results.

You have all helped me to pretty much understand what is going on.

Thank you all.

## RE: Excel 2016 (2010) Conditional Formating Question

=LARGE(B$5:B$26,2)=B5will accomplish that. And the range formula must be made to fix the rows as you pointed out.Skip,

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