I would like to set conditional formatting in my GS for cells that not only are a formula, but have a specific type of formula.

I know I can do a conditional formatting to highlight cells that are formulas e.g. Custom Formula = =isformula(A1)

But what if I want the conditional formatting only to apply to certain kinds of formulas?

e.g. if the cell contains a formula like =A1+B1+C1, then leave it alone But if the cell contains a formula that uses the Sum function, e.g. =SUM(A1:A5), then highlight it.

I tried to do Custom Formula = =iferror(find("SUM",A1),false) for the range A1:D but it doesn't work the way I want it to.

Can this be done?


You can use the function FORMULATEXT to analyze the formula in a specific cell. Something like this should work:


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(here F17 and F18 show the formulas of E17 resp. E18)

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  • I wasn't even aware of such a function. Thanks! – Edward Wu Jun 5 at 19:30
  • And thanks for the suggested edits! – Edward Wu Jun 5 at 19:32

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