Highlight Cell Rules - A Date Occurring

Highlight Cell Rules is a premade type of conditional formatting in Excel used to change the appearance of cells in a range based on your specified conditions.

A Date Occurring... is one of the options for the condition.

Here is the Highlight Cell Rules part of the conditional formatting menu:

Highlight Cell Rule - A Date Occurring Example

The "A Date Occurring..." Highlight Cell Rule will highlight a cell with one of the appearance options based on the cell value relative to a specified time frame.

The time frame can be:

  • Yesterday
  • Today
  • Tomorrow
  • In the last 7 days
  • Last Week
  • This Week
  • Next Week
  • Last Month
  • This Month
  • Next Month

In this example, the specified time frame will be "next month".

You can for where the Highlight Cell Rule should apply. It can be a a few cells, a single column, a single row, or a combination of multiple cells, rows and colums.

Let's apply the rule to the Birthday values.

"A Date Occurring..." Hightlight Cell Rule, step by step:

  1. Select the range C2:C19 for the Birthday values

  1. Click on the Conditional Formatting icon in the ribbon, from Home menu
  2. Select the Highlight Cell Rules from the drop-down menu
  3. Select the A Date Occurring... from the menu

This will open a dialog box where you can specify the value and the appearance option.

  1. Select "Next Month" from the dropdown menu
  2. Select the appearance option "Yellow Fill with Dark Yellow Text" from the dropdown menu

Now, the cells with values A Date Occurring next month will be highlighted in yellow:

Note: In this example, the next month happens to be September.

Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott all have birthdays in September, so their cells are hightlighted.

Note: You can remove the Highlight Cell Rules with .