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Copying Conditional Formatting in Excel

Copying conditional formatting in Excel is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll need to select the cells that have the conditional formatting you want to copy. Then, you can use the Format Painter tool to quickly copy the formatting to other cells. However, if you want to copy the conditional formatting rules themselves, you'll need to use the Paste Special feature.

Selecting Cells with Conditional Formatting

To select all cells with conditional formatting in Excel, you can use the Go To Special feature. Simply press Ctrl+G, or choose Home > Editing > Go To from the ribbon. Then, click Special. In the Go To Special dialog box, click Conditional Formats and then click OK.

All cells with conditional formatting will be selected. You can then proceed to copy the formatting.

Copying Formatting with the Format Painter

Once you've selected the cells with conditional formatting, you can use the Format Painter tool to quickly copy the formatting to other cells. Simply click the Format Painter button on the Home tab of the ribbon (it's the paintbrush icon), and then click on the cell or range of cells where you want to apply the formatting.

The conditional formatting will be applied to the selected cells.

Copying Conditional Formatting Rules

To copy conditional formatting rules themselves, rather than just the resulting format, you'll need to use Paste Special. Start by selecting the cell or range of cells that contain the rules you want to copy. Then press Ctrl+C, or choose Home > Clipboard > Copy from the ribbon.



Next, select the cell or range of cells where you want to paste the copied rules. Then press Ctrl
+
V (or choose Home > Clipboard > Paste from the ribbon). This will open t
he Paste Special dialog box.



In the Paste Special dialog box, make sure that Formulas is selected in the Paste dropdown list.

Then click OK.

The copied conditional formatti.ng rules will be pasted into t he selected cells.

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