Highlight dates in a date range
Question: How do I highlight dates that meet criteria using conditional formatting?
Table of contents
Highlight values in a column
How to apply the conditional formatting formula
 Select the range (B3:B11)
 Click "Home" tab on the ribbon
 Click "Conditional formatting"
 Click "New rule..."
 Click "Use a formula to determine which cells to format"
 Click "Format values where this formula is true" window.

Type
=(B3<=$E$3)*(B3>=$E$2)
 Click Format button
 Click "Fill" tab
 Select a color
 Click OK!
 Click OK!
Explaining CF formula
Step 1  Check if current cell date is smaller than or equal to end date
B3<=$E$2
becomes
39823<=39833
and returns TRUE
Step 2  Check if current cell date is larger than or equal to start date
B3>=$E$2
becomes
39823>=39823
and returns TRUE.
Step 3  Multiply boolean values
Both boolean values must be TRUE in order to highlight the cell.
Boolean  Boolean  Multiply  Add 
FALSE  FALSE  0 (zero)  0 (zero) 
FALSE  TRUE  0 (zero)  1 
TRUE  TRUE  1  2 
The parentheses make sure that the order of calculation is correct.
(B3<=$E$3)*(B3>=$E$2)
becomes
TRUE*TRUE
and returns 1 which is equivalent to TRUE. Cell B3 is highlighted.
Highlight values in a row
Conditional formatting formula in cell range A5:E5:
This formula is the same as the above (not the cell references though), the difference is that it is applied to a horizontal cell range.
Highlight records
Conditional formatting formula in cell range A6:C15:
The cell references are "locked" to column A, that is why there is a dollar sign in front of $A6. That makes the entire row highlighted if the date cell is in the date range.
Sort values
You can quickly sort highlighted records to the top of the list.
 Select cell range A6:C15
 Right click on cell range
 Click "sort"
 Click "Put selected cell color on top"
All highlighted records are on top.
Download excel *.xls file
highlightdatesinrangeusingconditionalformatting2.xls
(Excel 972003 Workbook *.xls)
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I'd like to do this for a row instead of a column, but I'm stuck. (I replace 'A1' with '1:01'.) Can this be done?
Kate,
I have have added more content, I hope it will answer your question.
i am trying to do a conditional formatting for a calendar row. (essentially, a gant chart)
i have a schedule table with event in 1st column, start date in 2nd column, end date in 3rd column, and a 2criteria condition for the event in the 4th column.
how do i condition format the cell row beneath the calendar row so that they are within the start/end date and will be color coded brown or blue based on the 2criteria? I already have a conditional formatting done for weekends and holidays for the calendar row itself, so hence the new row beneath.
bryan,
Can you provide example data and desired outcome?
Oscar,
Thank you for the reply. Further info provided:
I have a schedule table with 4 columns.
1. Column D has the event name
2. Column E has the Start date
3. Column F has the End date
4. Column G has a dropdown choice of "home" or "out of area"
I have a calendar going from I1:IV1. I have it setup for highlighting federal holidays and weekends for conditional formatting.
I have a row setup beneath the calendar from I3:IV3 that I'd like to conditionally format to reflect based on the startend date ranges in the schedule table with color coding for "home" or "out of area".
Thank you.
bryan,
Read this: Highlight events overlapping federal holidays
[...] Bryan asks: [...]
Hi
Regarding your section on 'HIGHLIGHT RECORDS', how do I Conditional Format to highlight dates in range that are recognised, but then automatically highlight all cells in the row?
IE: Using your HIGHLIGHT RECORDS example:
Conditional Format (as per your formulae provided) to recognises dates between 10012009 & 20012009
Then automatically highlight COUNTRY & COMPANY once dates recognised by Conditional Formatting.
JohnPaul
I donยดt understand.
The "Highlight records" example highlights all cells (also country and company) in a row?
Can you explain in greater detail?
Hi,
I am making a Schedule of Project in Excel, Where i am taking 2 column as Start date and End date. While I need that whenever i enters the start date and end date , according to that rows color changes simultaneously..... While after End date column, Next all columns belongs to week wise column. so every cell color changes accordingly with respect to weekwise.
Please let me know how to set a format like this....
Thru which color changes automatically, whenever i enters dates.
Avin
Avin,
I am not following, can you please take a screenshot of your sheet and the desired outcome. Upload to postimage.org. Then add the picture link to your comment.
I've tried the above method but only two of my dates actually got highlighted. Is there and issue in Excel 2010?
I have dates in two particular cells and I need a row of dates to highlight a particular color if the dates fall on or between the particular dates. I think the formula for rows above should work but it is not.
Jen
Jen,
I've tried the above method but only two of my dates actually got highlighted. Is there and issue in Excel 2010?
No, it works in excel 2010.
Is there an issue on the attached file? The attached file works here (excel 2010).
Can you provide your Conditional Formatting formula?
Did you check the absolute and relative cell refs in your CF formula?
Here is a pdf of what I'm talking aobut. I've applied the conditional formatting, but the cells that are white (Y7 to AM7) *should* be green.
https://s26.postimg.org/p77hmqeuh/Page_1_Conditional_Formatting_Sample.jpg
Jen,
your CF formula should be:
=(Y7>=$I$7)*(Y7<=$J$7) not =(Y7<=$I$7)*(Y7>=$J$7)