Highlight cells that contain specific text

In this article, we will learn about how to Highlight cells that contain specific text using Conditional formatting option in Excel.
Conditional Formatting is used to highlight the data on the basis of some criteria. It would be difficult to see various trends just for examining your Excel worksheet. Conditional Formatting provides a way to visualize data and make worksheets easier to understand.

It allows you to apply formatting basis on the cell values such as colours, icons and data bars. For this, we will create a rule in Conditional Formatting.

Let’s use a function in Conditional Formatting

Select the cells where you wish to apply conditional formatting.
Here we have some of the shade colours of Blue, Purple & red.
We need to highlight all the cells which contains text red in the cell.
Go to Home > Conditional formatting > Highlight Cells Rules > Text that contains
Dialog box appears where we can add text rules.
As you can see from the above snapshot that only the cells which have text red in cells get highlighted.

Select the type of formatting using Custom Format… option.
Select the colour format in the Format cells dialog box.
Sample box shows the type formatting selected.
Select Ok after confirming cell format
As you can see all the cells having text red are highlighted with Green Colour.

Hope you understood how to highlight cells that contain specific text with formulas in 2016. Explore more articles on Conditional formatting here. Please feel free to state your query or feedback in the comment box below. We will assist you.

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