Join Dennis Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Use conditional formatting data bars to accentuate negative data, part of Excel Tips Weekly.
- [Instructor] In this worksheet we see…some months in column A…and profits in column B…and we can certainly read the numbers,…we know what they mean.…We see some positives and some negatives there.…Let's make these numbers stand out a bit more prominently…by way of Conditional Formatting.…Now, couple of options here as I select column B.…This list will grow by the way,…so we're selecting the entire column…for the formatting that we want to apply.…Then on the Home tab, Conditional Formatting,…certainly one approach is to use color scales.…So the one here that I'm pointing to,…you can see immediately the higher values are dark green,…the lowest values are bright red,…and everything in between is a continuum of colors…as we change between those two.…
And nothing wrong with that and that could be okay.…Icon sets bring out the data…perhaps a bit more prominently.…If we were to use arrows here…that might help the numbers pop…a little bit more readily as well.…Notice here by the way that you might think at a glance…well the negatives are all red down arrows.…
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