How to Highlight Different Values in a Row with Excel’s Go To Special

Go To Special Dialog Box

Go To Special – Row Differences

I have published several video tutorials on the topic of Highlighting and Deleting Duplicate Records in Excel. However, a viewer recently asked me how to highlight cells that contain different values in the same Row. This is not as “crazy” as it first seems.

Scenario for this Tutorial

I am trying to determine accurate inventory counts for my product line. I have the count that the computer shows. I also have records from three different auditors who have performed manual counts. I need to easily highlight the cells where the inventory count “is off.” That is where there is a discrepancy between what the computer shows and what a manual count shows.

Go To Special Dialog Box

The commands in the Go To Special Dialog Box are some of my favorite tools. In my experience, I have found that most Excel users have never explored this dialog box.  I think that will change after you watch this video tutorial. For the Row Differences tool, you first select the range of cells that contain your data – beginning with the left-most column. The Row Differences will use this left-most column as the “baseline” and highlight each cell in that row that contains a value that is different from this baseline.

Sorting & Filtering by Color

Beginning with Excel 2007, you can Sort by Color and you can also Filter by Color. After the cells were highlighted with the Row Differences command, I applied a background cell color to each highlighted cell.

Use one of my favorite Keyboard Shortcuts, Ctrl + Shift + L, when working with Filters in Excel 2007 or Excel 2010.

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You can watch this tutorial in High Definition on my YouTube Channel – DannyRocksExcels.  Click on this link to watch this video now.

Video Tutorials for Highlighting Duplicate Records

I mentioned that I have published many Excel Tutorials on the Topic of Highlighting & Removing Duplicate Records. Here are links to my tutorials:

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