How to Highlight Blank Cells in Google Sheets

You can use the custom formula function in Google Sheets to highlight blank cells in a particular range.

The following example shows how to use the custom formula function in practice.

Example: How to Highlight Blank Cells in Google Sheets

Suppose we have the following dataset in Google Sheets that contains information about various basketball players:

Now suppose we would like to highlight each blank cell in the Points column.

To do so, we can highlight the cells in the range B2:B11, then click the Format tab, then click Conditional formatting:

In the Conditional format rules panel that appears on the right side of the screen, click the Format cells if dropdown, then choose Custom formula is, then type in the following formula:


Once you click Done, each of the blank cells in the Points column will automatically be highlighted:

Google Sheets highlight blank cells

Note: We chose to use a light green fill for the conditional formatting in this example, but you can choose any color and style you’d like for the conditional formatting.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Google Sheets:

Google Sheets: Conditional Formatting Between Two Values
Google Sheets: Use “Not Equal” in Conditional Formatting
Google Sheets: Conditional Formatting if Another Cell Contains Text

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