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In this lesson, you’ll explore the dynamic use of conditional formatting to add vibrant colors to your spreadsheet project. Conditional formatting is a feature that alters the appearance of cells when the data within them meets certain conditions or rules. These rules are based on the values entered into the cells, which can be numbers or text. For example, you might create a rule where a cell turns blue if it contains the number one, and pink if it contains the number two. To begin, you’ll need to set up these conditional formatting rules. Start by selecting all the cells in your spreadsheet. Then, access the conditional formatting options and check the range of cells your rule will apply to, which could be from column ‘A’ (the first column) and row ‘one’ (the first row) to column ‘Z’ and row ‘1000’. There are numerous rules you can choose from – some may apply to specific values, while others can encompass multiple values. Common rules include formatting a cell when its value is equal to, greater than, or less than a particular number. For this project, select the ‘is equal to’ rule, enter a number, and choose a fill color for that value. Test this rule by typing the number into various cells in your sheet, and you’ll see your first color come to life.

Next, repeat this process to create additional conditional formatting rules for each color you plan to use in your project. You have the freedom to choose your own colors or draw inspiration from a sample image. If you find the need to adjust your color scheme later, it’s easy to modify your palette. Each rule you set up introduces a new color to your palette. For instance, if you establish five rules for five different numbers, you will have five distinct colors at your disposal. Once you have a rule for every color in your image, put these rules to the test by entering the corresponding numbers directly into the cells of your spreadsheet. Watch as the cells transform into the correct colors based on the values you input. Now, it’s your turn to bring your project to life: select all cells in your spreadsheet, implement a conditional formatting rule for each color in your image, and verify that your conditional formatting works correctly by adding numbers to the cells. This hands-on approach not only enhances your understanding of conditional formatting but also allows you to creatively use spreadsheet tools in a unique and artistic way.