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Doing some high quantity spreadsheet validations. Wondering if there is a way to populate a cell in column D with a predefined text ("Enabled") if the cell next to it is bolded. I went through and bolded them all with a duplicate conditional formatting procedure and pasted the output over to the master spreadsheet. Now I just need a column with the text that matches so I can filter on it. Any help would be awesome. Thank you so much.

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Which version of Excel? Is the condition formatting something that could be expressed in a formula, e.g. =if(and(cell> minimum,cell<maximum),"Enabled","") – paulmorriss Mar 21 '11 at 17:27
2010....hmm. I am not sure, I will see if that might work. Thanks! – Rob Hilliard Mar 21 '11 at 18:25
If it does, please comment here so that I can "answer" the question properly. – paulmorriss Mar 22 '11 at 9:03

Press Ctrl+F3 to bring up the Name Manager. Press new, name it ifbold and put in the refers to box =if(GET.CELL(20,!$D1),"Enabled,"")

In the column you want "enabled" to appear in for bolded cells, type in =ifbold and drag it down. It will enter "enabled" into any cell where the matching cell in column D is bold. If it doesn't update hit F9

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