In an **Excel** worksheet, you may need to fill color in different cells depending on the formula used in the sheets based on certain conditions. Iâ€™m going to explain **5** easy ways **how to fill color in cell using formula in Excel**.

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## 5 Easy Ways to Fill Color in Cell Using Formula in Excel

Here, Iâ€™m using a sample datasheet to show you the steps of the explained ways. Itâ€™s a **Pay Sheet** of several employees. There are **4** columns that represent the weekly, monthly, and yearly pay of an employee. These columnsâ€™ names are **Name**,** Weekly Pay**,** Monthly Pay**, and **Yearly Pay**.

Now, let us follow the methods below to fill color in cells using several formulas.

### 1. Use AVERAGE Function to Fill Cell Color in Excel

If you have numeric values, you can use **the AVERAGE function** to fill color in a cell using a formula. To use this function, follow the steps below.

- First, select the cell or the cell range where you want to apply this function to fill color.
- Then, open the
**Home**tab > Go to**Conditional Formatting**> Finally select**New Rule**.

- Now, a
**dialog box**will pop up. - Here, you need to select
**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**from**Select a Rule Type**. - Then, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=$C5:$C15<=AVERAGE($C$5:$C$15)`

- Now, from
**Format**select the color of your choice to use in a cell.

Here, the **AVERAGE **function will calculate the average of the selected cell range **C5:C15 **and then will compare the average value with values of cell range **C5:C15**. Next, it will fill color where the cell value is less than average.

- Finally, click
**OK**. - Thus, it will show the cell filled with a selected format where the selected cell range is less than average.

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### 2. Apply ISFORMULA Function Using Formula in Cell to Fill Color

You can use **the ISFORMULA function** to fill color in a cell if you have a formula in your cells.

- First, select the cell range where you want to fill color using the formula.
- Second, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**> select the**New Rule**.

- Third, a
**dialog box**will pop up. - Here, choose
**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**as**Select a Rule Type**. - After that, in the
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=ISFORMULA($D$5:$E$15)`

- Along with this, from the
**Format**choose the color of your choice to fill color in a cell.

**D5:E15**Â as the

**reference**of the

**ISFORMULA**function to fill color.

- In the end, click
**OK**. - As a result, it will show the cell filled with the selected format where the formula is used.

**This method will not work on those cells where a formula is not applied.**

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### 3. Fill Color Using Formula in Excel Cell with OR Function

You can use **the OR function** to fill color in a cell using a formula. To get the output, go through the steps below.

- First, select the cell range where you want to apply this function to fill color.
- Then, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**> select**New Rule**.

- After that,Â a
**dialog box**will pop up. - Now, from
**Select a Rule Type:**select**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**rules. - There, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=OR($C5<30, $D5=180)`

- Afterward, select the
**Format**of your choice to fill color in a cell.

**OR**function, I have taken two conditions. The 1st one is

**C5<30**and the 2nd one is

**D5=180**. In the selected cell range

**B5:E15**if any of the conditions are fulfilled in any cell then it will fill color of that cell.

- Finally, click
**OK**. - Hence, it will show the cell filled with the selected fill color where one of the conditions is fulfilled.

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### 4. Insert AND Function to Fill Cell Color in Excel

You also can use **the AND function** to fill color in a cell using a formula.

- First, select the cell range to apply the
**AND**function to fill color. - Next, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**> select**New Rule**.

- Now, a
**dialog box**will pop up. - From
**Select a Rule Type window,**Â select**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**rules. - Then, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=AND($C5<50, $D5=180)`

- Also, you can select the
**Format**of your choice to fill color in a cell.

**AND**function. The 1st one is

**C5<50**and the 2nd one is

**D5=180**. In the selected cell range

**B5:E15**Â if both of the conditions are fulfilled in any cell that cell will be filled with color otherwise not.

- Finally, click
**OK**. - Therefore, it will show the cell filled with the selected format where two of the conditions are fulfilled.

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### 5. Use Excel Operators in Cell to Fill Color

You also can use the various **Operators **in **Excel **to fill color in any cell using a formula.

#### 5.1. Greater Than (>)

Here, I am going to use the **Greater Than **operator to fill color in the cell using the formula.

- First, select the cell or cell range to apply the formula.
- Now, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**> select**New Rule**.

- Then, a
**dialog box**will pop up. From**Select a Rule Type**you can select**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**rules. - Now, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=D5 *12 > 1800`

- Next, select the
**Format**of your choice to fill color in a cell.

**(>) Greater Than**operator to check where

**D5*12**is

**greater than 1800**. Now, in the selected cell range

**B5:B15**it will fill the rows where the conditions are fulfilled.

- In the end, click
**OK**. - Then, it will show the cell filled with the selected format where
**D5*12**is**greater than 1800**.

#### 5.2. Not Equal (<>)

To fill color in the cell using the formula here I am going to use the **Not Equal **operator.

- First, select the cell or cell range to apply the formula.
- Then, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**> select**New Rule**.

- Then, a
**dialog box**will pop up. - Now, from
**Select a Rule Type**you need to select the**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**. - Next, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=C5*4 <> 180`

- From the
**Format**option, you can select the**format**of your choice to fill color in a cell.

**C5*4**and applied the condition where it is

**Not Equal (<>)**

**180**. Now, the operator will check where

**C5*4**are

**not equal**to

**180**in the selected cell range

**B5:B15**. Then, it will fill the rows where the conditions are fulfilled.

- Finally, click
**OK**. - Here, it will show the cell filled with the selected format color where
**C5*4**is**not equal**to**180**.

#### 5.3. Equal (=)

By using the **Equal **operator, I will fill color in the cell.

- First, select the cell or cell range to apply the formula.
- Then, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**>select**New Rule**.

- Now, a
**dialog box**will pop up. - In the dialog box from
**Select a Rule Type,**you can select**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**rules. - Then, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=C5*4 = 180`

- Next, from the
**Format**options select the**format**of your choice to fill color in a cell.

**(=) Equal**operator to check where

**C5*4=180**. Now, in the selected cell range

**C5:C14**it will fill the rows where the conditions are fulfilled.

- Finally, click
**OK**. - On the whole, it will show the cell filled with the selected format color where
**C5*4**is**equal**to**180**.

#### 5.4. Less Than (<)

You also can use the **Less Than **operator to fill color in Excel cells using formula.

- First and foremost, select the cell or cell range to apply the
**Less than**operator. - After that, open the
**Home**tab > go to**Conditional Formatting**> select**New Rule**.

- Then, a
**dialog box**will pop up. - In the
**dialog box**, from the**Select a Rule Type**you need to select**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**rules. - Next, in
**Edit the Rule Description**type the following formula.`=$D5:$D15<180`

- Along with this, select the fill color of your choice from the
**Format**options.

**(<) Less Than**operator to check which values of range

**D5:D15**Â are

**less than 180**of the

**Monthly Pay**columns. Now, the color will be applied to the cells where conditions are fulfilled.

- Finally, click
**OK**. - Hence, I applied this formula in the range
**B5:E15**so it will fill color in those rows where the value of**Monthly Pay**is**less than 180**.

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## Things to Remember

- It is better to avoid using keyboard buttons to prevent cell references into any other value.
- You must carefully select the cells where you want to apply
**Fill Color**.

## Conclusion

In this article, you will find 5 easy ways how to fill color in Excel cell using formula. These methods will be useful for you whenever you want to fill color in a cell using a formula. In case you have any confusion or question regarding these methods you may comment down below. Follow **ExcelDemy** for more tutorials.

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