I am using conditional formatting to color lines based on a priority value in column A, this works fine.

I would like to add another rule that would italicize the lines that match a specific parameter, without changing the background color the previous rules have set. When I add this rule, the background color is overridden automatically. If I place the rule after the priority rules, I lose the italics.

Is there a way to change the italicization of a line only, with conditional formatting?

  • I think overlapping is not allowed. I could be wrong. How about using three conditions as a workaround? – Severus Snape Aug 19 '20 at 15:14
  • @SeverusSnape That would work, but it would double the number of rules I need... Not exactly a thrilling proposition. Oh well, if that's what's required, that's what it will be. – JS Lavertu Aug 19 '20 at 15:39



Rules                            Format
Priority is 3; Alcohol           Red    
Priority is 3; Beer              Red and italics
Priority is not 3                None   


A         B
Alcohol   3
Beer      4
Alcohol   5
Beer      3
Alcohol   4
Beer      5
Alcohol   3
Beer      4
Alcohol   5
Beer      3




Sample screenshot:


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    I'll accept this as the answer in a few days, just want to keep it open in case someone else comes along. – JS Lavertu Aug 20 '20 at 12:08
  • A few days turned out to be a few months, but regardless, answer accepted! – JS Lavertu Jan 21 at 21:01

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