# Google Sheets conditional formatting highlight row if cell contains text

In this article, we will discuss how to highlight a row if any cell contains any text. Sometimes highlighting only the cells that contain text is not enough. Luckily, Conditional F

In this article, we will discuss how to highlight a row if any cell contains any text. Sometimes highlighting only the cells that contain text is not enough. Luckily, **Conditional Formatting** in Excel offers easy ways to highlight these rows. Here, in this article, we will use functions, the combination of functions along with Conditional Formatting to highlight rows.

**Table of Contents** hideDownload the Practice Workbook7 Methods to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text1. Use Simple Formula to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text2. Excel MATCH Function to Highlight Row if Cell Remains any Text3. Highlight Row Using SEARCH Function If Cell Contains Any Text4. Apply FIND Function to Highlight Row for Case Sensitive Option6. Highlighting Row on Multiple Conditions for Text Containing Cell7. Highlight Row Based on Drop Down List If Any Text Remains in CellConclusionRelated Articles

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**7 Methods to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text**

**1. Use Simple Formula to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text**

We can use a simple arithmetic formula to highlight rows if a cell contains any text. For example, we have a fruit sales dataset and we want to highlight rows that only contain **Orange** in any cell.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the entire dataset (
**B5:E13**).

- Secondly, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**.

- Thirdly, choose the
**New Rule**from the**Conditional Formatting**drop-down.

- Now, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose the**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**option.

- Type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=$C5="Orange"**

- Click
**Format**.

- Then click the
**Fill**tab and choose the fill color. Next, select**OK**.

- After formatting is done, again click
**OK**.

- Finally, all the rows that contain
**Orange**will be highlighted.

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**2. Excel MATCH Function to Highlight Row if Cell Remains any Text**

You can highlight rows using **the MATCH function** along with Conditional Formatting.

**Steps:**

- First, select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Next, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Then, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**. - Now, type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=MATCH($F$5,$B5:$D5,0)**

- After that, click
**Format**and choose**Fill**color, select**OK**. - Again click
**OK**. - Finally, all the rows that contain
**Orange**in any cell will be highlighted.

**How Does the Formula Work?**

The **MATCH **function returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value in a specified order. The function matches the value of **Cell E5** in the range (**B5:D5**) and thus highlights the corresponding rows containing the text **Orange**.

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**3. Highlight Row Using SEARCH Function If Cell Contains Any Text**

In this method, we will use **the SEARCH function** to highlight rows that contain any text. For example, we have a fruit name dataset and will search for a particular fruit and highlight the rows accordingly.

**Steps:**

- First, Select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Next, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Now the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**. - Then type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=SEARCH("Orange",$B5&$C5&$D5)**

- After that, click
**Format**and choose**Fill**color, click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**. - Finally, all the rows that contain
**Orange**in any cell will be highlighted.

**How Does the Formula Work?**

The **SEARCH **function returns the number of the character at which a specific character or text is first found, reading left to right. The **SEARCH** function looks for the text **Orange** in Cell **B5**, **C5,** and **D5**. As relative reference is used, the function looks for the values in the entire range (**B5:D13**). Finally, rows containing the text **Orange** are highlighted.

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**4. Apply FIND Function to Highlight Row for Case Sensitive Option**

Likewise, in the **SEARCH **function, we can use **the** **FIND function **to highlight rows if a cell contains any text. However, the **FIND function** is case sensitive and it will work accordingly.

**Steps:**

- First, select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Next, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**. - Now, type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=FIND("Orange",$B5&$C5&$D5)**

- Then, click
**Format**and choose**Fill**color, click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**. - In the end, all the rows that contain
**Orange**in any cell will be highlighted. But, rows containing the text**orange**or**ORANGE**are not highlighted as the**FIND function**is case-sensitive.

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**5. Insert AND Function to Highlight Row If Cell Contains Any Text**

Sometimes you need to highlight rows based on two criteria. In such cases, **the AND function**offers great help. For instance, in the following example, we want to highlight the sales of **Orange** when the sold **Quantity** is greater than **70.** So, we will follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- First, select the entire dataset (
**B5:E13**).

- Next, go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Then, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**. - Now, type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=AND($C5="Orange",$D5>70)**

- Click
**Format**and choose the**Fill**color, click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**. - Finally, all the rows that contain
**Fruit Name:****Orange**and**Quantity:****>70**will be highlighted.

**How Does the Formula Work?**

The **AND **function checks whether all arguments are **TRUE**, and returns **TRUE** if all arguments are **TRUE**. Here this function checks both the Fruit Name and Quantity arguments and highlights rows accordingly.

**Note:**

You can use **the OR function** instead of **AND **function.

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**6. Highlighting Row on Multiple Conditions for Text Containing Cell**

You can highlight rows based on multiple conditions too. For example, in the following example, we will highlight rows that have text Orange and text Apple.

**Steps:**

- First, Select the entire dataset (
**B5:E13**).

- Now go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - The
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose**Use a formula to determine which cells to format** - Then, type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=$C5="Orange"**

- Select
**Format**and choose**Fill**color, click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**. - All the rows that contain
**Orange**in any cell will be highlighted. - After that, repeat
**Steps 1 to 7**to set the new conditions to the existing dataset and write the below formula:**=$C5="Apple"**

- Finally, both conditions will be shown in the dataset in different colors.

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**7. Highlight Row Based on Drop Down List If Any Text Remains in Cell**

In this method, we will use a drop-down list to highlight rows if any cell contains any text of the drop-down.

**Steps:**

- First, create the
**drop-down**list from**Fruit Name**.

- Now, select the entire dataset (
**B5:D13**).

- Go to
**Home**>**Conditional Formatting**>**New Rule**. - Then, the
**New Formatting Rule**window will show up. Choose**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**. - Type the below formula in the
**Rule Description**box.**=$C5=$F$5**

Here, the drop-down value is used as a reference value in the formula.

- Click
**Format**and choose**Fill**color, click**OK**. - Again click
**OK**. - Finally, when we change the fruit name from the drop-down list highlighting will also change. Such as I have selected
**Orange**from the drop-down and all the rows containing**Orange**are highlighted.

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**Conclusion**

In the above article, I have tried to discuss all the methods elaborately. Hopefully, these methods and explanations will be enough to solve your problems. Please let me know if you have any queries.

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