Conditional Format Index Result Location

Tifne

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  1. 2016
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I can't get the conditional formatting to work even though the index formula works in a cell.

Here is my formula: =CELL("address",INDEX(Months,MATCH(B3,$B$3:$B$53,0),MATCH(VLOOKUP(B3,data!$C$2:$D$52,2,0),$C$1:$AS$1,0)))
I copied this formula into the CF from cell C3 and applied it to my range, months.
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In one of my many attempts, I got several cells to turn green, however they were before the start date and not on every row. I deleted it, so I don't know how I got that even to work incorrectly.

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I'd like each starting cell (O3 for row 1) to be highlighted, as well as the corresponding location of the index formula result for each row of my range. I didn't find an acceptable way to make the cell reference relative. Is this the problem?
I am hoping to do the entire calculation in the CF rather than use a step by step approach such as I have now in column A (illustration purposes).

Thank you for your time,
Tifne
 

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jasonb75

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It's not clear from your post exactly what the criteria is to highlight the cells.

Your formula is not working because it is looking at the cell address, not the cell value. If you type $O$3 into C3 then it will work because that is what it is being told to expect in that cell.
At the moment, C3 appears to have a zero value formatted as a dash so will only highlight if the conditional formatting rule is expecting 0 in the cell.
 

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