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I know how to create a drop down list of options, and how to use conditional formatting to change the color of a cell based on the selection from the list.

However, I do not want the list item displayed in the cell, just the corresponding color box that matches the selection. Ideally, someone could enter text in that cell as well [but this is negotiable].

For example, if someone chooses 'on hold' from the drop down menu, I want to make the cell yellow, BUT, not display the words 'on hold'.

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Without the drop down option you can also write whatever you want. For example in the whole row 2 you can write anything you like, but if you write one of the words: red or yellow or green the cell will become that specific color

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You could, using conditional formatting, also change the text color to the same color as the cell background. The ability to input a text into the cell would probably not be possible.

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