I'm trying to use Conditional Formatting for a really simple task:

  • color cells if they have the same value as a specific another cell.

But I'm getting unexpected results when setting the range to apply!

  • Formatting rule: format cells if is equal to =G35; (background color)

When setting the range, I made these tries, which are over 2 cells that have the exact same value as G35:

  1. Apply to Range: I7 → I7 is colored green, just as expected;
  2. Apply to Range: I7,O8 → only I7 is colored green, O8 is not. I expected both to be colored;
  3. Apply to Range: O8,I7 → only O8 is colored green, I7 is not. I expected both to be colored.

I would like to understand where is there error on my thought. Can someone please explain?

Here is the screenshot of the rules, as explained above:

Screenshot of the Conditional Formatting Rules

1 Answer 1


You should use the first cell of the multiple range you're selecting and equal it to the desired one (but anchored). Imagine in the second case:


The conditional cell will "move" to each cell in the range, but $G$35 will remain steady

EDIT: You can also do it with "equals to" and =$G$35 The "$" makes the row and column steady! enter image description here

  • When using =I7=$G$35 on the "Formatting rules">"Is equal to" field, the conditional formatting stops to work. I added a screenshot to my question so you better understand what I'm talking about. Oct 27, 2022 at 15:04
  • It would be the same as saying: =if(i7=$G$35,TRUE, FALSE)
    – Martín
    Oct 27, 2022 at 15:05
  • Use the formula option at the end of "Formatar celulas se.."
    – Martín
    Oct 27, 2022 at 15:09
  • Is it impossible to use the "is equal to" ("é igual a") for the purpose I intend? Why? Oct 27, 2022 at 15:11
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    Try it with =$G$35, it works! I'll add a screenshot too!
    – Martín
    Oct 27, 2022 at 15:32

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