# Solved conditional formatting formula or rules copy-paste issue in Microsoft excel

Microsoft Excel had problems while copying conditional formatting formula or rules from one cell to another cells since Excel 2007. This article explains you a workaround to solve this issue.

## Problem

To understand the problem let’s take an example. Please refer the below excel screenshot.

When you use rules and formula in conditional formatting of a cell and copy that formatting to another cell it will copy the formula values (*Rule1 Formula Values*– “* SUM($A$1:$B$1)>=10*“) as it is instead of copying them as

*resulting in wrong results as shown. Ideally “*

**“SUM($A$2:$B$2)>=10”***” cell should be in red colour as per our formatting but it is not.*

**C2**## Solution: Conditional Formatting copy-paste issue

The workaround for this problem is * before *you copy the conditional formatting from one cell to another cell change your formula value from “

*” to “*

**SUM($A$1:$B$1)>=10***” i.e., try to use only*

**SUM($A1:$B1)>=10***instead*

**$A1***, then do copy-paste. That’s it, now you can copy this conditional formatting to any number of cells and it will provide correct results as expected as shown below.*

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