This post will teach you how to **highlight rows** in a table with conditional formatting in Excel. You will learn that how to **change the color of the entire rows** if the value of cells in a specified column meets your conditions, such as, if the value of cells is equal to or greater than a certain number or text values, then excel should be highlight entire rows or change a row color as you need.

## Highlight rows based on a numeric value

Assuming that you have a table in range, and you want to highlight rows in that table where the value of cells in column B is greater than 5, and then you need to create the Conditional Formatting Rules and use a formula to apply conditional formatting, here you can use the formula:

=$B1>5

**Let’s see the below detailed steps:**

**1#** select the range of cells in your table

**2#** on the **HOME** tab, click the **Conditional Formatting** command under **Styles** group. Then select **New Rules…** from the drop-down menu list.

**3#** the New Formatting Rule window will appear.

**4#** select the **Use a formula to determine which cells to format **option under **Select a Rule Type:** box, and then enter the following formula in the **Format values where this formula is true:** box: =$B2>5

**Note: **you can create your formulas to check a cell if meet your conditions. Such as, you can change the condition as $C2<0.

You also need to notice that the dollar sign $ before the cell’s reference, you need to keep it when the formula need to check in a specified column.

**5#** click the **Format… **button, then the **Format Cells** window will appear.

**6#** in the “**Format Cells**” window, switch to the** Fill** tab, choose the background color, and then click **OK** button. You can also switch to other tabs to tweak the settings as you want.

**7#** back in the **New Formatting Rule** window, you can see a preview of your rows background color. Then click **OK** button.

**8#** you can see that the conditional formatting are beginning to take effect.

**Note:**

If you want to highlight rows based on a text value, you can use the following generic formula to apply conditional formatting:

**=$A2=”excel”**

or

**=SEARCH(“excel”,$B1)>0**

If you want to change a row color if the cell value in a specified column begin with a specific character or text string, you can use the following formula as the conditional formatting rule.

**=LEFT($A2,2)=”ex”**

So you can create additional formulas for your complex needs.

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