Perhaps you may have a larger dataset with numerous blank cells. Using a popular highlighting tool i.e. **Conditional Formatting**, you are easily able to** highlight the blank cells.** But you may require to highlight any specific cell or cell range or even the entire dataset if a particular cell is blank. In this article, we’ll show you 5 handy methods to highlight cells if another cell is blank in Excel using conditional formatting also with the necessary explanation.

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## 5 Methods to Use Conditional Formatting in Excel If Another Cell Is Blank

Let’s introduce today’s dataset where the Sales** Report** of the **January **month is provided. But some cells are blank intentionally. Now, we need to utilize conditional formatting to highlight the cell if another cell is blank.

Let’s dive into the methods.

### 1. Using Simple Formula

In the beginning method, you’ll see the way of using conditional formatting to highlight a column or cell range if some contiguous cells are blank. For example, you need to highlight the Column **C **or **C5:C14** cell range as there exist some blank cells (some dates) in Column **B**.

To highlight the cell range, firstly you need to select the **C5:C14** cell range and click on the **New Rule** option from the **Conditional Formatting** tool which is located in the **Styles **ribbon of the **Home **tab.

Immediately, you’ll see the following dialog box namely **New Formatting Rule**, and choose the option **Use a formula to determine which cells to format** as a **Rule Type**. Eventually, insert the following formula under the space of **Format values where this formula is true**.

`=B5=""`

Here, **B5 **is the starting cell of the order date.

However, click on the **Format **option from the lower-right corner of the dialog box.

Move the cursor over the **Fill **option and choose a color that you want to use in highlighting.

After pressing **OK**, you’ll get the highlighted cells having blank cells of the immediately adjacent cells.

As you see, conditional formatting highlights the **C5**, **C9, **and **C13 **cells because the **B5**, **B9, **and **B13 **cells are blank respectively.

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### 2. Conditional Formatting to Column Using the OR Function If Another Cell Is Blank

Furthermore, if you want to apply conditional formatting to a column if some blank cells are available in the entire dataset. For instance, some blank cells exist in each field (3 blank cells in order date, 2 blank cells in the item, 1 blank cell in price and quantity fields). Now, we want to highlight the specific cells from the** F5:F14 **cell range that have at least 1 blank cell of all fields using the **OR** function.

For getting such output, insert the following formula.

`=OR(B5="",C5="", D5="", E5="")`

Here, **B5**, **C5**, **D5, **and **E5 **are the starting cell of the order date, item, price, quantity fields respectively.

However, you may want to explore how the formula works.

Simply we can say that the **OR **function returns true if at least any argument is true (if any cell is blank). Thus conditional formatting highlights the cells that have at least 1 cell are blank.

Immediately, you’ll get the following output.

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### 3. Utilizing the Combination of OR and ISBLANK Functions

Likewise, with the use of the **OR **function, you may get the same result with the combined application of the **OR **and **ISBLANK** functions.

To accomplish the task, just use the following formula.

`=OR(ISBLANK(B5),ISBLANK(C5),ISBLANK(D5),ISBLANK(E5))`

Here, the **ISBLANK **function returns true for a specific cell when the cell is blank. So, the function works as the same feature of double quotes (**“”**). Later, the **OR **function returns true for all arguments.

You’ll get the following highlighted cells if you press **OK**.

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### 4. Conditional Formatting to Row Using the COUNTBLANK Function If Another Cell Is Blank

In addition, you may need to highlight the whole row if any cell is blank in the row. Luckily, you can do this using the **COUNTBLANK** function. Actually, the function counts the number of blank cells in a given cell range.

As we are dealing with the entire dataset, we have selected the whole dataset (**B5:F14**). However, if you want to highlight a specific row, you may select the specified row only.

After selecting the entire dataset, insert the following formula.

`=COUNTBLANK($B5:$F5)`

Here, **F5 **is the sales in a particular order date found by the multiplication of price and quantity.

Within a very short time, you’ll get the following highlighted rows.

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### 5. Applying the COUNTIF Function

The immediate previous method has a drawback as it also highlights the blank cell itself. But if you need to highlight the whole rows except the blank row, you may apply the **COUNTIF** function.

Just the following formula after selecting the entire dataset.

`=COUNTIF($B5,"")`

Instantly, you’ll get the following output where the entire row is highlighted except the blank cell only.

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## Conclusion

This is how you can use conditional formatting in Excel if another cell is blank. Right now, choose anyone based on your requirements. Anyway, if you have any queries or recommendations, please share them in the comments section below.

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