# Excel tips: conditional formatting

These videos come from our Excel video training.

### Shade groups of rows with conditional formatting

In this video, we'll look at how to use conditional formatting to shade alternating groups of rows. For example, you can use this approach to shade groups of 3 rows, groups of 4 rows,...
Run time: 3:01

### How to highlight approximate match lookups

In this video we show how to highlight approximate match lookups with conditional formatting and the LOOKUP function. Highlighting approximate matches is tricky, because you must replicate...
Run time: 3:55

### How to highlight exact match lookups

In this video, we show you how to use conditional formatting to highlight rows and columns associated with exact match lookups. This is a sleek, interactive way to show users matching...
Run time: 4:20

### Perfect conditional formatting with dummy formulas

Conditional formatting with formulas can be tricky because you can't see what happens to the formula when the rule is applied. Dummy formulas let you visualize how formulas will behave...
Run time: 3:28

### How to compare two lists and highlight differences

In this video, we look at how to compare two lists using conditional formatting. This is a great way to visually highlight different or missing items in a list.
Run time: 2:27

### How to create zebra stripes with conditional formatting

In this video, we look at how to use conditional formatting, with a formula, to shade every other row in a table. This is sometimes called "zebra striping", and it's a cool...
Run time: 3:29

### How to make conditional formatting variable

In this video, we look at how to make conditional formatting variable, so that you can change how formatting is applied without editing a rule. This elegant technique helps you build killer...
Run time: 2:42

### How to apply conditional formatting with a formula

In this video, we'll look at how to use a simple formula to apply conditional formatting. Formulas allow you to make more powerful conditional formatting rules.
Run time: 2:41

### How to calculate expiration dates

How to generate an expiration date in the future, how to calculate "days remaining", and how to highlight rows that are expired or expiring soon with conditional formatting.
Run time: 3:54

### How to pick names out of a hat with Excel

In this video, we look at how to simulate a drawing and pick winners in a contest with Excel, using the RAND and RANK functions together.
Run time: 3:10

### How to build a search box to highlight data

In this video, we use conditional formatting to create an interactive search box to highlight data. This is a nice alternative to filtering, because the information you're looking is...
Run time: 3:35

### How to find and highlight formulas

In this video tip, we show you three ways to find formulas in a worksheet, including a tricky way to use conditional formatting and a named formula to highlight formulas.
Run time: 3:56

### How to use conditional formatting to check line length

A short video that shows you how to use conditional formatting with the LEN function to highlight text that is too long.
Run time: 3:11

### How to highlight rows with conditional formatting

In this Exceljet tip, we show you how to highlight entire rows in a list using conditional formatting with a formula. This is a handy way to visually expose information you are interested...
Run time: 2:53