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conditionalFormatting (Conditional Formatting)

A Conditional Format is a format, such as cell shading or font color, that a spreadsheet applicaiton can automatically apply to cells if a specified condition is true. This collection expresses conditional formatting rules applied to a particular cell or range.

[Example: This example applies a 'top10' rule to the cells C3:C8. The @dxfId references the formatting (defined in the styles part) to be applied to cells that match the criteria.

<conditionalFormatting sqref="C3:C8">
<cfRule type="top10" dxfId="1" priority="3" rank="2"/>

end example]

Parent Elements



Child Elements


cfRule (Conditional Formatting Rule)


extLst (Future Feature Data Storage Area)





pivot (PivotTable Conditional Formatting)

Flag indicating if this is conditional formatting associated with a PivotTable.


The possible values for this attribute are defined by the XML Schema boolean datatype.

sqref (Sequence of Refernces)

Range over which these conditional formatting rules apply.


The possible values for this attribute are defined by the ST_Sqref simple type (§3.18.78).

The following XML Schema fragment defines the contents of this element:

<complexType name="CT_ConditionalFormatting">


   <element name="cfRule" type="CT_CfRule" minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>

   <element name="extLst" minOccurs="0" type="CT_ExtensionList"/>


   <attribute name="pivot" type="xsd:boolean" default="false"/>

   <attribute name="sqref" type="ST_Sqref"/>