conditional formatting problem - columns AA and beyond

tcurrier

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Apr 27, 2006
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Hi,

I am trying to do conditional formatting (coloring the background of cells if they are not equal to their corresponding cell in another column), but when I enter:

cell value is not equal to =$AB

I get a formula error.

However, when I enter a formula pointing to a column that starts with one letter (A thru Z, for example), I don't get an error....

Does it have something to do with the columns that have 2 letters in their name ?

I'm stumped !
 

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cmhoz

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Aug 20, 2006
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Perhaps it's just the way you've worded your questiosn... but you don't have a ROW associated with the $AB. This won't work for any column... if you used $AB1 it would work fine, and still copy down to other rows if you need... eg: copy to next row down the formula will change to $AB2

Cheers
 

tcurrier

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Apr 27, 2006
Messages
175
convert 1099 to $1,099 ?

I can't seem to convert a column of numbers to their dollar equivalent with the comma separator... (1099 to $1,099 for example)

I selected the cells, and tried:

currency $1,234

number 1,234

custom #,##0

Nothing seems to work....

Can anyone help ?
 

Barry Katcher

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Are you sure your numbers are real numbers, not "text" numbers? Select one of them and look in the formula bar. If the number is preceded by a comma, apostrophe or caret, it's text. If that's the case, let us know and we'll show you how to procede.
 

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