In a previous post I showed you how to Create a Drop Down List in a Table.Â  Â We are now going to take this concept one level further and apply some conditional formatting to the drop down data validation list.

This is useful if you want to highlight when a job is completed, check off items from a list or to evaluate risk in a project just like I have done in belowÂ´s example.

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STEP 1: Select the range that you want to apply the conditional formatting to.

STEP 2: Go toÂ Home > Styles > Conditional Formatting > Manage Rules

STEP 3: SelectÂ New Rule

STEP 4: Create the new rule forÂ High values:

SelectÂ Use a formula to determine which cells to format

Type in the FormulaÂ =\$A4=”high”Â

This formula will ensure only the column is absolute.

Go toÂ Format > Fill then select a color of your choosing. Click OK.

Repeat the same steps for medium values. ClickÂ New Rule.

SelectÂ Use a formula to determine which cells to format

Type in the FormulaÂ =\$A4=”medium”Â

This formula will ensure only the column is absolute.

Go toÂ Format > Fill then select a color of your choosing. Click OK.

Repeat the same steps for low values. Click New Rule.

SelectÂ Use a formula to determine which cells to format

Type in the FormulaÂ =\$A4=”low”Â

This formula will ensure only the column is absolute.

Go toÂ Format > Fill then select a color of your choosing. Click OK.

This is how our new set of rules will look like:

Now our table now has conditional formatting applied!

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