# How to Highlight Cell Which Its Adjacent Cell Value Equals to or Greater/Less Than It in Excel

In a two persons competition, we will record the scores for both sides, and then compare them to get the greater one, so we can confirm who is the winner. Actually, we can record two scores in two lists in excel, compare the two scores and highlight the greater one or the smaller one via excel ‘Conditional Formatting’ function. We can also highlight both cells if they have the same values. Based on this instance, this free tutorial will introduce you the way to **highlight cell based on its adjacent cell value** (highlight cell if its adjacent cell value is greater than or less than it, or even equals to it) in details step by step.

**Precondition:**

Prepare a table records two score lists.

**Part 1: Highlight Cells if Score1 Equals to Score2**

**Step 1:** Select the two score lists. Click **Home** in ribbon, then click **Conditional Formatting** in **Styles** group, select **New Rule** in menu.

**Step 2:** On **New Formatting Rule** dialog, select the last rule type: **Use a formula to determine which cells to format.**

**Step 3:** In **Edit the Rule Description** section, in **Format values where this formula is true** textbox enter the formula **=$A2=$B2**.

**Step 4:** Click **Format** button in **Preview** section. Verify that **Format Cells** window is displayed.

**Step 5:** Click **Fill **tab, then select a color as background color. For example, select yellow, then click **OK**.

**Step 6:** After above step, we go back to **New Formatting Rule** window. You can see that in **Preview** section, cell is filled with yellow. Click **OK**.

**Step 7:** Verify that cells with the same scores are marked with yellow.

**Part 2: Highlight Cells If It is Greater Than Its Adjacent Cells**

**Step 1:** Repeat above steps. Just a little different, in above step#3, enter the formula **=$A2>$B2** in **Format values where this formula is true** textbox.

**Step 2:** Then select a color to mark cells, for example green.

**Step 3:** Check the result. Verify that cells which score1 > score 2 are marked in green properly.

**Part 3: Highlight Cells If It is Less Than Its Adjacent Cells**

**Step 1:** Repeat above steps of ‘**Part 1**’. Just a little different, in above step#3, enter the formula **=$A2<$B2** in **Format values where this formula is true** textbox.

**Step 2:** Then select a color to mark cells, for example blue.

**Step 3:** Check the result. Verify that cells which score1 < score 2 are marked in blue properly.