Conditional formatting entire row in Sheets

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rob wilson

Dec 3, 2023, 1:44:17 PM12/3/23
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I want to set the background colour of an entire row (or a defined part of the row) in a Google Sheet, if certain conditions exist. I have followed this in Stack Overflow and this in the Reference docs.

My test sheet is shown below:.Screenshot 2023-12-03 18.34.20.png

and the test code is:
Screenshot 2023-12-03 18.37.13.png

The first problem is that the formatting applied is not the selected row range - it only formats from the start of the row until the column before the x is found. I expected it to apply to the range in setRanges().

A second problem is that I have to manually delete the Conditional format rules from the sheet, as they don't get removed when I run the function. Is there a way to delete them?
 via the code?

Thanks for any help!

Keith Andersen

Dec 3, 2023, 1:49:56 PM12/3/23
What are your conditions that have to be met before turning the row a color?

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rob wilson

Dec 3, 2023, 3:31:37 PM12/3/23
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It's actually simpler to replace the .when condition with .whenTextContains("x")
But I still get the formatting restricted to the columns to the left of the x characters:

Screenshot 2023-12-03 20.31.13.png

rob wilson

Dec 3, 2023, 3:41:48 PM12/3/23
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Update: using SEARCH works! It highlights the row as wanted when I put an x in column B:


Now I need to get it to test for ISDATE!

rob wilson

Dec 3, 2023, 4:39:05 PM12/3/23
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OK I now have it working as I wanted.  It's not quite as simple as I imagined, but here goes.

The code now tests for dates  entered in  4 columns (D through G) .
  • If D (started date) is OK and G (collected date) is not OK then colour columns A through O in light green
  • If dates in D through G are all OK then colour the same range in magenta.

function applyConditionalFormatting() {
var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName('Sheet1');
var rangeToHighlight = sheet.getRange("A3:O900");
//rule1: highlight the row in green if start date entered (column D)
//and no collected date entered (column G)
var rule1 = SpreadsheetApp.newConditionalFormatRule()
//rule2: highlight the row in magenta if all dates entered (column D-G)
var rule2 = SpreadsheetApp.newConditionalFormatRule()
var rules = sheet.getConditionalFormatRules();
Screenshot 2023-12-03 21.37.36.png
On Sunday, 3 December 2023 at 18:49:56 UTC Keith Andersen wrote:

Laurie Nason

Dec 3, 2023, 11:50:27 PM12/3/23
I'm glad you got this sorted out. Though - just using regular conditional formatting would probably have been much simpler than writing a script? (however, maybe less interesting in working out how the script works :-) )
For example - your turning the row green would be the following:
Screenshot 2023-12-04 at 7.44.39 AM.png

And the custom formula for the Magenta would be: 
Screenshot 2023-12-04 at 7.45.44 AM.png

You would need to make sure that the magenta rule is above the green one -and that should work for your question. 
Screenshot 2023-12-04 at 7.49.20 AM.png
As an aside - if you are having people type in the dates into the cells - I would also add a "Data Validation" rule where all those cells need to be a " is Valid Date" - then your user can double click the cell and pick a date from the date picker that appears - and they can't put bogus data in there either!




Yousuf Ahmed

Dec 8, 2023, 5:17:28 AM12/8/23
Please give me editor code I will solve it

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