How do I stop a cell from changing color when it has a value of "<1%". This is the formula in the cell, =IF(C$19=0%,0%,IF(C$19<0.99%,"<1%",ROUNDDOWN(C$19,2))).

I have conditional formatting in the cell; (Rule#1 A1>=80% - Show orange, Rule#2 A1>=95% show Red)

  • Sorry, I don't understand the problem. If you have conditional formatting for ">80%", then a cell with "<1%" will not be colored. Is that what you want? What do you mean by "stop from changing color"?
    – sleske
    Mar 16, 2017 at 22:05
  • Yes, I agree the cell shouldn't be colored, but for some reason that I can't seem to figure out it is. The cell shows the color of rule# 2 (red). @Sir Adelaide
    – I Joseph
    Mar 16, 2017 at 22:20
  • OK. Well, from what you write it should not be colored - so there must be something wrong. I think you'll have to provide your Excel file (or a simplified version) showing the problem - I don't see how we can help otherwise.
    – sleske
    Mar 16, 2017 at 22:21
  • Maybe the cell is simply set to a color. It keeps that color unless a rule changes it.
    – Aganju
    Mar 16, 2017 at 22:40
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    It is colored red because, the way Excel does comparisons, any string will be greater than a number. "<1%" is a string, not a number, so it will always be greater than 95%. You can either set a specific format for that string, as described by @yass, or you can use custom formatting to store the actual numeric value, but display it as you want. Mar 17, 2017 at 1:12

1 Answer 1


Create a Rule for "<1%" and use no color for it
Enter Manage Rules and at the same Row of this rule Click Stop if True

  • Thank You @Yass. It took a little massaging but I was able to get it.
    – I Joseph
    Mar 17, 2017 at 2:32
  • Sure because you need to treat "<1%" as string that is why I wrote it between "
    – yass
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:41

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