Microsoft KB Archive/170586

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Article ID: 170586

Article Last Modified on 10/19/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170586


In Microsoft Excel, when you select more than one worksheet, and then insert a new column, conditional number formatting may not be shifted to the next column. The conditional number formatting of the active sheet is shifted to the next column, however it may not be shifted on the other sheets.


This problem occurs when you attempt to shift the conditional number formatting while worksheets are grouped.


To work around this problem, ungroup the worksheets before you insert the additional columns. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the sheet tab of one of the selected worksheets.
  2. On the shortcut menu, click Ungroup Sheets.

You can then insert the columns for each sheet of the workbook.

If the problem already occurred, copy the conditional number formatting. To do this, follow these steps (repeat these steps for each sheet as necessary):

  1. Select the column with the conditional number formatting.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  3. Select the destination column for the conditional number formatting.
  4. On the Edit menu, click Paste Special.
  5. Under Paste in the Paste Special dialog box, click Formats, and then click OK.
  6. Select the column with the original conditional number formatting (the column you selected in step 1).
  7. On the Edit menu, point to Clear, and then click Formats.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about conditional formatting, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text

formatting cells, conditional

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Apply conditional formats to cells" topic.

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