I have a google sheet with 1006 rows which I am trying to use conditional formatting to identify the two top values across 7 columns (J to P) for each row.

I managed to get 1 row to work (highlighted in green) but I cannot replicate the conditional formatting across the other 1 005 rows.

The formula I used on row 9 was


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  • Have you tried experimenting with the absolute cell references? I would suggest trying (OR($J9=LARGE(...))) initially and make sure the range covers the lines required. Nov 17, 2020 at 13:55

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Instead of




The above reference make referred columns to be absolute but rows are relative

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    beat me to it ;) Nov 17, 2020 at 15:21

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