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Conditional Formatting - Track Cost Fluctuation

Denise Quach
edited 12/09/19 in Archived 2016 Posts

I have a master list to track the cost of an item. Is there a way to format cells to change the font to Red or Green based on whether or not the value is higher than a previous cost? IE: In 2015 cost was $1 and in 2016 the cost rose to $2. I would want the 2016 cost to automatically turn Green to show that there was an increase in price or vice versa.


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  • Atus Bartal
    Atus Bartal ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 05/26/16


    You need to have a new column with the difference, and set two Conditional Formatting rules for this column: 

    If Difference is less than 0 then apply this format to the Difference column. ["this format" is: red letters]

    If Difference is greater than 0 then apply this format to the Difference column. ["this format" is: green letters]


    The problematic part of the operation, I guess, will be setting the right formulae counting the difference in the righ places (since the values are not in the same line). I mean these are "=Cost2-Cost5" or something, but they depend on where the specific values are. 


    Please let us know if you need more help. 





  • J. Craig Williams
    J. Craig Williams ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    You may also make use to the Absoulute Reference instead of Relative Reference.

    Very similar to functionality in Excel if you are used to that




    is relative. Add $ for either row or column and they become fixed -- but will update when rows/columns are added/removed. Sometimes the deletion might get you, but just watch for it.



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