Conditional Format Between First and Last Non-Blank Cells

Question asked by user @ Excel forum:-

How to use Conditional formatting  between first and last non-blank cells?

I need to conditionally format cells that are between first non-blank and last non-blank in column wise…

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User wants to highlight the range from the first non blank cell till the last non blank cell in the columns of data 1, 2, and 3.

In the Data 1, follow below given steps:-

  • Select the range B4:B24
  • Then click on “Conditional Formatting” drop down list will appear, where we have to select “Manage Rules”  dialog box will get open.

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  • Click on “New Rule”, then Select Use a formula to determine which cells to format.
  • Enter the formula in formula tab :- =AND(OR($B2<>””,COUNTA($B2:$B$2)),COUNTA($B2:$B$22)>0)
  • Click on the format tab, select the green color.

 

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Range will get highlighted from where data is getting start and till the last active cell.

 

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In the Data 2, follow below given steps:-

  • Select the range C4:C24
  • Then click on “Conditional Formatting” drop down list will appear, where we have to select “Manage Rules”  dialog box will get open.
  • Click on “New Rule”, then Select Use a formula to determine which cells to format.
  • Enter the formula in formula tab :- =AND(OR($C2<>””,COUNTA($C2:$C$2)),COUNTA($C2:$C$22)>0)
  • Click on the format tab, select the Orange color.

 

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  • Range will get highlighted from where data is getting start and till the last active cell.

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In the Data 3, follow below given steps:-

  • Select the range D4:D24
  • Then click on “Conditional Formatting” drop down list will appear, where we have to select “Manage Rules”  dialog box will get open.
  • Click on “New Rule”, then Select Use a formula to determine which cells to format.
  • Enter the formula in formula tab :- =AND(OR($D2<>””,COUNTA($D2:$D$2)),COUNTA($D2:$D$22)>0)
  • Click on the format tab, select the Yellow color.

 

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  • Range will get highlighted from where data is getting start and till the last active cell.

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This is the way we can highlight the range between first and last non blank cells in Microsoft Excel through Conditional Formatting.

 

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  1. Your relative references are off in the formula. It doesn’t work for rows 2 and 3.

    It should be:
    =AND(OR($B2″”,COUNTA($B$2:$B2)),COUNTA($B2:$B$22)>0)

    You should ALWAYS test your border conditions!

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