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Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets

Learn how to use conditional formatting with your data through built-in options and by creating custom formulas.

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Course Description

Spreadsheets often suffer from having too much data. If you want to tell the underlying story that is in the data without creating additional reports, conditional formatting can help! Whether it's showing the age of your inventory by highlighting the items using a color scale, or accentuating the largest variances in year over year financial data, conditional formatting has built-in options that can be used without any complex code. It can be used instead of sorting or filtering since it works with the data that is already there! By the end, you will be creating your own report using conditional formatting to analyze a company's payroll.

Understanding Conditional Formatting

Delve deeper into the world of conditional formatting, a feature in spreadsheets that allows you to apply specific formatting to cells based on certain criteria. This section of the course covers the basics of conditional formatting, including how to set it up, common uses, and troubleshooting tips. You'll learn how to use different types of conditional formatting, like color scales and data bars, to make your data visually appealing and easier to analyze. This understanding will empower you to transform complex datasets into meaningful information with just a few clicks.

Advanced Techniques and Applications

In this advanced section, we explore the more intricate aspects of conditional formatting. Here, you will learn how to apply conditional formatting to entire rows or columns, use formulas for more complex criteria, and create custom formats for unique scenarios. This part of the course also includes real-world examples, such as tracking project timelines, budget analysis, and performance metrics. By mastering these techniques, you'll be able to bring a new level of sophistication to your data analysis and reporting skills.

Hands-On Project: Analyzing Company Payroll

The course culminates in a hands-on project where you will apply your newly acquired skills to analyze a company's payroll using conditional formatting. This project involves creating a comprehensive report that highlights key payroll metrics, identifies discrepancies, and provides insights into employee compensation. Through this practical application, you'll not only reinforce your learning but also gain valuable experience in using conditional formatting for real business scenarios. This project will serve as a significant addition to your portfolio, showcasing your ability to turn data into actionable insights.

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  1. 1

    A Primer on Conditional Formatting

    Free

    Learn what conditional formatting is and how it can be used to emphasize the important data in a spreadsheet. We will discuss a variety of the built-in options you can use to apply conditional formatting rules to your data.

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    A primer on conditional formatting
    50 xp
    Conditional formatting
    100 xp
    Additional rule
    100 xp
    Conditional formatting of top and bottom values
    50 xp
    Greater than
    100 xp
    Weight range
    100 xp
    Auditing an expense account
    100 xp
    Conditional formatting using dates
    50 xp
    Before last week
    100 xp
    All dates except June
    100 xp
    Dates
    100 xp
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    Custom Application of Conditional Formatting

    In this chapter, you will learn how to apply conditional formatting in more flexible ways. We'll discuss a variety of functions you can use to create conditional formatting rules with custom formulas.

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    Putting It All Together

    In this chapter, you will use everything you have learned about conditional formatting to analyze a company's payroll. You will be working with dates, looking for duplicates, and checking for errors to create your report.

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Chester Ismay
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Amy Peterson

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Data Analysis in Google Sheets
Adam Steinfurth HeadshotAdam Steinfurth

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Adam enjoys teaching others about software in their jobs and personal lives. He creates spreadsheet tutorial videos on his YouTube channel Prolific Oaktree, and writes spreadsheet articles on his website Sheetshelp.com.
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