In this article, we will discuss how to highlight a row if any cell contains any text. Sometimes highlighting only the cells that contain text is not enough. Luckily, **Conditional Formatting** in Excel offers easy ways to highlight these rows. Here, in this article, we will use functions, the combination of functions along with Conditional Formatting to highlight rows. Here, we will demonstrate a gif for a better understanding of highlighting rows with text.

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## 7 Smart Methods to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text in Excel

This article will demonstrate how to highlight rows if a cell contains any text in Excel by using** the AND function,*** the MATCH function*,

*,*

**the SEARCH function***, and also with the help of*

**the FIND function***, as well as making a*

**multiple conditions***. So, you will go through all these ways for a better understanding.*

**drop-down list**### Method 1: Using Simple Formula to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text

We can use a simple arithmetic formula to highlight rows if a cell contains any text. For example, we have a fruit sales dataset and we want to highlight rows that only contain ‘**Orange**’ in any cell.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the entire dataset (
**B5:E13**).

- Secondly, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**. - Thirdly, choose the
**New Rule**from the**Conditional Formatting**drop-down.

- Then, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose the ‘**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**’ option. - After that, type the below formula in the ‘
**Rule Description**’ box.

`=$C5="Orange"`

- Besides, click
**Format**.

- Then, click the
**Fill**tab and choose the fill color. Next, select**OK**.

- After formatting is done, again click
**OK**.

- Finally, all the rows that contain ‘
**Orange**’ will be highlighted.

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### Method 2: Inserting MATCH Function to Highlight Row if Cell Remains any Text

You can highlight rows using **the MATCH function** along with Conditional Formatting.

**Steps:**

- First, select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Next, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Then, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose ‘**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**’. - Afterward, type the below formula in the ‘
**Rule Description**’ box.

`=MATCH($F$5,$B5:$D5,0)`

- After that, click
**Format**and choose the**Fill**color, and select**OK**. - Again click
**OK**.

- Finally, all the rows that contain ‘
**Orange**’ in any cell will be highlighted.

**🔎**** How Does the Formula Work?**

The **MATCH **function returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value in a specified order. The function matches the value of **Cell E5** in the range (**B5:D5**) and thus highlights the corresponding rows containing the text ‘**Orange**’.

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### Method 3: Using SEARCH Function to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text

In this method, we will use **the SEARCH function** to highlight rows that contain any text. For example, we have a fruit name dataset and will search for a particular fruit and highlight the rows accordingly.

**Steps:**

- First, Select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Next, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - After that, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Besides, select ‘**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**’. - Then, type the below formula in the ‘
**Rule Description**’ box.

`=SEARCH("Orange",$B5&$C5&$D5)`

- After that, click
**Format**and choose the**Fill**color, and click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**.

- Finally, all the rows that contain ‘
**Orange**’ in any cell will be highlighted.

**🔎**** How Does the Formula Work?**

The **SEARCH **function returns the number of characters at which a specific character or text is first found, reading left to right. The **SEARCH** function looks for the text ‘**Orange**’ in Cell **B5**, **C5,** and **D5**. As relative reference is used, the function looks for the values in the entire range (**B5:D13**). Finally, rows containing the text ‘**Orange**’ are highlighted.

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### Method 4: Applying FIND Function to Highlight Row for Case Sensitive Option

Likewise, in the **SEARCH **function, we can use** the FIND function** to highlight rows if a cell contains any text. However, the **FIND function** is the case- and it will work accordingly.

**Steps:**

- To start with, select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Secondly, Go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Next, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Next, choose ‘**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**’. - After that, type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.

`=FIND("Orange",$B5&$C5&$D5)`

- Then, click
**Format**and choose the**Fill**color, and click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**.

- In the end, all the rows that contain ‘
**Orange**’ in any cell will be highlighted. But, rows containing the text ‘**orange**’ or ‘**ORANGE**’ are not highlighted as the**FIND function**is case-sensitive.

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### Method 5: Inserting AND Function to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text

Sometimes you need to highlight rows based on two criteria. In such cases, **the AND function** offers great help. For instance, in the following example, we want to highlight the sales of ‘**Orange**’ when the old **Quantity** is greater than **70.** So, we will follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- First, select the entire dataset (
**B5:E13**).

- Next, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Then, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose ‘**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**’. - Now, type the below formula in the ‘
**Rule Description**’ box.

`=AND($C5="Orange",$D5>70)`

- Next, click
**Format**and choose the**Fill**color, and click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**.

- Finally, all the rows that contain
**Fruit Name:**‘**Orange**’ and**Quantity:**>70 will be highlighted.

**🔎**** How Does the Formula Work?**

The **AND **function checks whether all arguments are **TRUE**, and returns **TRUE** if all arguments are **TRUE**. Here this function checks both the Fruit Name and Quantity arguments and highlights rows accordingly.

**Note**

You can use **the OR function** instead of **AND **function.

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### Method 6: Employing Multiple Conditions for Text Containing Cell to Highlight Row

You can highlight rows based on multiple conditions too. For example, in the following example, we will highlight rows that have the text ‘Orange’ and text ‘Apple’.

**Steps:**

- To begin with, select the entire dataset (
**B5:E13**).

- Then, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - After that, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Besides, choose the**Use a formula to determine which cells to format.** - Then, type the below formula in the ‘
**Rule Description**’ box.

`=$C5="Orange"`

- After that, choose
**Format**and choose the**Fill**color, and click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**.

- All the rows that contain ‘
**Orange**’ in any cell will be highlighted. - After that, repeat
**Steps 1 to 7**to set the new conditions to the existing dataset and write the below formula:

`=$C5="Apple"`

- Finally, both conditions will be shown in the dataset in different colors.

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### Method 7: Making Drop-Down List to Highlight Row If Any Text Remains in Cell

In this method, we will use a drop-down list to highlight rows if any cell contains any text from the drop-down.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, create the
**drop-down**list from ‘**Fruit Name**’.

- Secondly, select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- After that, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Then, the ‘
**New Formatting Rule’**window will show up. Choose ‘**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**’. - Type the below formula in the ‘
**Rule Description**’ box.

`=$C5=$F$5`

Here, the drop-down value is used as a reference value in the formula.

- Click
**Format**and choose ‘**Fill**’ color, and click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**.

- Finally, when we change the fruit name from the drop-down list highlighting will also change. Such as I have selected ‘
**Orange**’ from the drop-down and all the rows containing ‘**Orange**’ are highlighted.

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## Conclusion

In the above article, I have tried to discuss all the methods elaborately. Hopefully, these methods and explanations will be enough to solve your problems. Please let me know if you have any queries.

Great Job. This article was well written clear, concise, and thorough with different functions and conditions. I was able to find what I needed to do with the explanations in no time.

Thanks for your appreciation @Ed

How to highlight an entire row if a a cell contains any random entry (number/text). Thank you

Hello Euliin,

Thanks for commenting on our website. You can highlight a cell containing any random value with

Conditional Formatting. Follow the steps.Firstly, select the entire row that you want to be highlighted. Then go to the

Conditional Formattingand chooseNew Rule.Now,

New Formatting Ruledialog box appears. ChooseUse a formula which cells to format. Write the formula in the box in theFormat values where this formula is true.`=OR(ISTEXT(B5),ISNUMBER(B5))`

And click on

Format.Now, Format Cells appears. Pick a

colorand hitOK.Now, again hit OK in the New Formatting Rule box.

Finally, as you see you can highlight the row.