Excel Dynamic Conditional Formatting Tricks

Conditional Formatting in Excel allows you to format cells based on the value of the cell. So, most conditional formatting in Excel is Dynamic Conditional formatting. This is because the formatting will change as the values of the cells change.
Excel’s conditional formatting option has many built-in rules.  These rules allow you to format cells based on values such as the  Top or Bottom value to name a few.  And you can also set the formatting to different icon sets too.
Conditional Formatting is often a finishing touch.  It can give a spreadsheet or model that professional look. It can also be used to highlight important data that needs to stand out on your reports.
In the video below you will learn how to apply conditional formatting by using a formula.  When you use a formula to determine conditional formatting, this formula must return a true or false result. So the formula must be some sort of logical function. 
When the conditions of the formula are found to be true, the formatting will be applied to the cells.  When the conditions are found to be false, formatting will not be applied.

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Dynamic Conditional Formatting Activity

Copy and paste the following table into Excel

Invoice #CompanyInvoice DateInvoice Total
Inv5872 – Company 230/09/20192380.05
Inv5883 – Company 301/09/20193.36
Inv5895 – Company 501/10/2019929.06
Inv5902 – Company 201/10/20197.8
Inv5912 – Company 201/10/2019102.58
Inv5925 – Company 514/10/20191346.85
Inv59311 – Company 1115/10/2019474.37
Inv59411 – Company 1116/10/2019600
Inv5959 – Company 904/10/2019146.52
Inv5962 – Company 210/11/2019837.15
Inv5972 – Company 210/11/20194.22
Inv5981 – Company 110/11/2019106.37
Inv5994 – Company 416/11/201988.88
Inv6008 – Company 818/11/20193513.48
Inv60111 – Company 1118/11/20192490.75
Cr50011 – Company 1118/11/2019-123
Inv60212 – Company 1201/12/201912300
Inv6036 – Company 601/12/201912300

Create a formula to sum the values of the Invoice Total Column.

Set up conditional formatting to fill every second row of data.

Set up conditional formatting that will put boarders on the cell containing the formula to total the invoice column.

In the comments section below answer the following questions.

  • What formula did you use to apply conditional formatting to fill every second row?
  • What formula did you use to apply conditional formatting to apply boarders around the cell with the total invoice value?

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