It’s often a good idea to highlight empty cells in a data set to help easily identify the outliers. Here, you can find out how to highlight empty cells dynamically using Conditional Formatting.
- Begin by selecting the data range B3:H10
- Open the Conditional Formatting window from HOME > Conditional Formatting > Add New Rule
- Select Format only cells that contain
- Select Blanks in Format only cells with dropdown
- Click the Format button to edit formatting settings
- Click OK to continue and apply your settings
The conditional formatting feature applies selected formatting options to a cell, when a given condition is met. Excel provides several pre-defined settings you can choose from, and also allows defining your own rules.
One of the settings is format only cells that contains specific values. You can set a specific format to a cell whether it contains a specific value or has errors. In this example, using the Blanks setting makes Excel change the cells formats that don’t contain any values. To highlight a cell, set a Fill color that is to be your highlight color. For other types of cell highlighting, also see How to highlight