How to: Format Unique or Duplicate Values, Blank Cells and Formula Errors

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This example demonstrates how to specify the rule that highlights unique or duplicate values, formula errors, etc.

  1. To create a new conditional formatting rule represented by the SpecialConditionalFormatting object, access the collection of conditional formats from the Worksheet.ConditionalFormattings property and call the ConditionalFormattingCollection.AddSpecialConditionalFormatting method. Pass the following parameters:

  2. Specify formatting options to be applied to cells if the condition is true, using the ISupportsFormatting.Formatting property of the SpecialConditionalFormatting object.

To remove the SpecialConditionalFormatting object, use the ConditionalFormattingCollection.Remove, ConditionalFormattingCollection.RemoveAt or ConditionalFormattingCollection.Clear methods.

' Create the rule to identify unique values in cells A2 through A15. 
Dim cfRule As SpecialConditionalFormatting = worksheet.ConditionalFormattings.AddSpecialConditionalFormatting(worksheet.Range("$A$2:$A$15"), ConditionalFormattingSpecialCondition.ContainUniqueValue)
' Specify formatting options to be applied to cells if the condition is true.
' Set the background color to yellow.
cfRule.Formatting.Fill.BackgroundColor = Color.FromArgb(255, &HFA, &HF7, &HAA)