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I am trying to make the text of cell A1 bold if the value of B1 is "a"? Is there a formula that can achieve this or do I have to write a macro that can perform this task? Alternatively can I use conditional formatting to convert the text to BOLD

Edit Now how would I perform the same operation if the the formatting needs to happen to the cells in column A based on the value of column B, for example if B1 = a then A1 must become Bold, B2 = b then A2 must be bold and this must happen all the way down the list.

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Yup. I have already voted for it to be moved to Superuser.com :) –  Siddharth Rout Feb 18 '13 at 12:38
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Yes you can use conditional formatting

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For multiple cells, select the relevant range and simply remove the "$" sign before the row number to make the range relative. See Screenshot below

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damm, a few seconds faster, I just took the screenshot! ;-) –  Peter Albert Feb 18 '13 at 12:37
    
Thanks for the speedy response, how would i do it with multiple cells further down the sheet without having to create the rule every single time? –  Mike Barnes Feb 18 '13 at 12:47
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You simply need to remove the "$" sign before the row number after you have selected the relevant cells. Updating with a screenshot –  Siddharth Rout Feb 18 '13 at 12:52
    
I have edited the question please check and see if you can assist? –  Mike Barnes Feb 18 '13 at 13:22
    
@MikeBarnes: I can but I have a quick question. Will it be only 10 rows and values in Col B will be from a to j? If yes, then it is easy else you will have to set separate conditional formatting for each cell. –  Siddharth Rout Feb 18 '13 at 14:53
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Use Advanced Conditional Formatting.

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+ 1 too fast :) –  Siddharth Rout Feb 18 '13 at 12:36
    
I didn't take a screenshot :) –  Andrey Gordeev Feb 18 '13 at 12:37
    
The answer is not very helpful for somebody who does not know conditional formatting (as it's a bit hidden). So providing a screenshot or some additional explanation would be helpful... –  Peter Albert Feb 18 '13 at 12:38
    
@PeterAlbert the article describes the problem very well, I don't think it can be more clearer or the text is need to be pasted here. Moreover, OP could find this information by himself. –  Andrey Gordeev Feb 18 '13 at 12:41
    
@AndreyGordeev - fair point, I didn't see the link. I just unclicked my -1 - but acciently double clicked. Now I cannot unclick "until an edit" was done. :-( Can you do a miniedit, so I can remove it? sorry –  Peter Albert Feb 18 '13 at 12:48
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