# Conditional Formatting from Helloh, for a Noob

I'm going to try my best to explain what I need to figure out. Also, for you to understand exactly how mind bending this is for me, I haven't used an Excel formula since 2005/2006ish. We're doing a financial report for work, using Excel 2007, that needs shading for four different conditions. As an example (IF G5 is 0-80% of H5, shade G5 color 1), obviously that's not a real formula, but as previously stated I'm no longer familiar with formula's and it sounded good to me lol. From there it'd be something like IF G5 is 80-90% of H5 = color 2, IF 90-120% color 3, then IF 120+% color 4. I apologize if I made it sound more complicated than it really is, but I have a quite a few paired cells to do this formula for, so I'm kind of freaking out.

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Once you select the cells that you want to format, you can find the Conditional Formatting drop-down on the ribbon, which gives you loads of pre-set rules to choose from, like color scales.

This will automatically color the items based on the range they are in…

You can also create your own rule to color only cells that fit within a certain range, or greater than a certain number.

This rule will only color cells greater than a certain amount, with the color you specify.

This can be very useful, and you should note that you can apply a second rule to the same range. For instance, here is a second rule that colored items larger than 2000 with green instead of red.

You can even create a completely customized rule by choosing the New Formatting Rule option.

If you’ve applied too many rules and want to start over, just select the cells and use the Clear Rules option to remove all the formatting.

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Thanks for the share! It helped me understand conditional formatting a little more, but unfortunately I still don't understand if there's a formula I can use to make things a little less complicated. I'd post the file/a screenshot to make it easier to understand, but my rep is too low. What I get from this post is that I have to manually calculate the percentages, then run a "between" type deal. I can get it done like this, but I counted at least 152 individual "between" formula's that have to be entered, and if the number that's getting the percentage changes, I'm back at square one. – derpdehderp Feb 5 '14 at 17:58