Create alternating bands
Many sheets highlight every other row (banding) to improve readability. The Table feature offers several predefined formats that include bands, but you end up with a table instead of a plain data set. When you don't want a table, use conditional formatting to create alternating bands.
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.
You have to go in to Conditional Formatting, find and open the rule for edit (but don't have to make changes), [OK] it, [Accept] it and [Close] it. What a pain! So how is this made 'Dynamic'?
Hi Susan, great tips for Excel users. But what do you mean "This rule is unstable if you use normal referencing"? I realize it might be off-topic or beyond the scope of your post, but is there a straight-forward set of rules or guidelines for determining when it is appropriate to use named ranges so that the formula or conditional formula will produce the desired outcome? I would have probably attempted this using normal referencing, and when it didn't work, I would have probably resorted to using additional columns of formulas referencing the original data set / range.