I have a range containing formulas that evaluate to TRUE or FALSE.

How would one apply conditional formatting to this range, so that TRUE cells are Green, and FALSE cells are RED?

  • 2
    Ya I just went through all my old questions to see if I could do that, and all of them are basically still outstanding or indeterminate.
    – tbone
    Aug 23, 2011 at 17:46
  • The problem with doing "Cell value equal to" is that empty cells compare equal to FALSE somehow and thus get highlighted red for me.
    – xjcl
    Mar 13 at 16:34

3 Answers 3

  1. Select your cells.
  2. Home Tab -> Format Group -> Conditional Formatting -> New Style: True Values
  3. Repeat step 2 with this: False Values
  • This is for Mac, but the windows version is extremely similar, just slight modification.
    – tbone
    Aug 23, 2011 at 18:46
  • I didn't have a Windows ready :S.
    – digitxp
    Aug 23, 2011 at 18:48
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    @Microsoft: How about a preset for this?
    – normanius
    Oct 24, 2019 at 21:05
  • doesn't this answer depend on the locale, because it relies on the text presentation of boolean values? I mean what if I have a boolean cell in an Excel-file created by my Korean colleagues? or if I use a Russian locale in my Excel? will the formatting disappear? Jul 26, 2021 at 20:50

For Windows version. Microsoft 365 Excel (Version 2004(Build 12730.20270) *Note the version is not the year - this is the 365 version in year 2020

You need to create 2 rules (one for each colour) Go to

  1. Home Tab -> Styles Group -> Conditional formatting -> Manage rules
    *Alternatively just type Conditional formatting in the search bar at the top

  2. New rule

  3. Rule type -> Format only cells that contain
    Cell Value -> Equal to -> {your value in this case True} =TRUE
    And select the format, then okay

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  1. this will take you back to manage rules where you now have one rule. Now do steps 2-4 again but for the False value

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Now you should have 2 rules in your manage rules window

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The usual Conditional Formatting rule of "Equal To" was not working for me when using "true"/"false"

I found that the "Text that Contains" option worked instead:

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  • What if I want to change the color of a entire row? Dec 21, 2022 at 18:58

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